Kate Middleton Appointed As Godmother To Royal Princess Cruise Ship

The Duchess of Cambridge will get to smash a bottle of Moet against yet another water vessel, this time for Princess Cruises.  Today, the luxury cruise line appointed Her Royal Highness as Godmother at the official naming ceremony of the Royal Princess, set to take place in Southampton, England on June 13th.  HRH will tour the vessel, and then part in a special naming gala that evening (Ooooh.  Gala = black tie = princess-like gown complete with baby bump).

The new ship includes an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship (that might be a bit too much for me, considering it’s the great, big ocean), plush private poolside cabanas made to appear as if they’re floating on water, the new Princess Live! television studio, and – wait for it – the largest pastry shop at sea.

Catherine is the latest in a line of influential gals to be named Godmother, which include the late Princess of Wales, who christened the first Royal Princess in 1984, Margaret Thatcher and Audrey Hepburn.

This will most likely be one of Catherine’s last events before she prepares to give birth in mid-July.

Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of the line, said “It is a great honor for Princess Cruises that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to become the Godmother to Royal Princess. We are delighted that the Duchess will launch our new ship and can think of no better way to celebrate our company’s British heritage and our commitment to the country.”

Your daily history lesson:

The naming and christening of ships date as far back as 4,000 years ago. Back in the day, ships were blessed by priests and men were typically bestowed the title of godfather (where for art thou girl power?).

The godfather would hand flowers to the godmother and together they would say the name of the ship to bless it. Over time, the task has been handed over to the lady folk, and these days it’s up to the godmother to christen the boat.

A cruise ship Godmother bestows a blessing on the ship asking for the safety of its crew and passengers.

Back in 2010, Queen Elizabeth christened her namesake Cunard ship in Southampton:

“I name this ship Queen Elizabeth. God bless her and all who sail in her,” the Queen declared.

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