When Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge christens Royal Princess on Thursday, June 12, you can join the invited guests in Southampton to enjoy the festivities. Princess Cruises will be streaming the ceremony live online at www.princess.com, so everyone worldwide can enjoy the spectacular event, which will formally welcome the new ship into the company’s fleet.
The live streaming will begin at 11:15 am local time in Southampton, which will be 6:15 am EDT in the U.S. You can also choose to play back a recording of the ceremony soon after the event for viewing at your leisure.
In addition to the official breaking of the bottle of champagne against the ship by The Duchess, viewers will also be able to follow all the quay-side festivities–including performances by British pop singer and songwriter Natasha Bedingfield singing her hit, “Unwritten,” British actress and “the first lady of London’s West End” Kerry Ellis, and internationally renowned percussive orchestra Mass Ensemble. The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and The Pipe Band of 1st Battalion Irish Guards will open the event with the pomp and ceremony of British ship-naming traditions.
“We know this ship has generated a great deal of interest around the world, and that many people are interested in seeing the amazing ceremony and the christening by The Duchess,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “So, no matter where you are, you can watch the festivities live online–or can choose to play it back later.”
To set the mood, here’s a sneak peek at Royal Princess.