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Royal Princess Naming Ceremony and Christening

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  • Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrives in Southampton to christen Royal Princess.

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  • Setting the stage for Royal Princess' naming ceremony on June 13, 2013

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  • Program for Royal Princess' naming ceremony

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  • The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth plays to announce the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge, godmother of Royal Princess, who christened the ship on June 13.

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  • Pipers of the First Batallion Irish Guards were tapped to play for the occasion.

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  • Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrives in Southampton to christen Royal Princess.

    Image appears courtesy of Princess Cruises.
  • Members of the media gather to snap photos of the festivities. But where is the duchess?

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  • There she is, adjusting her hair on this windy day while awaiting the call to her Champagne-smashing duties.

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  • Princess Cruises' President and CEO Alan Buckelew chats with the duchess as they wait for the festivities to begin.

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  • Pop singer and songwriter Natasha Bedingfield performs.

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  • Broadway star Kerry Ellis performs, along with Mass Ensemble.

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  • Alan Buckelew, Princess' president and CEO, welcomes the crowd.

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  • "Passengers will find Royal Princess both familiar and welcoming and innovative and exciting," said Buckelew.

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  • A blessing is given to the ship during the ceremony.

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  • All rise as the duchess prepares to take her post for the bottle-smashing.

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  • The bottle of Champagne used for the christening was a Nebuchadnezzar-sized bottle of Moet & Chandon, which retails for a whopping 1,250 British pounds (nearly $2,000 U.S.).

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  • The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Princess' godmother, prepares to cut the ribbon to commence the Champagne-smash. "I name this ship Royal Princess," she said. "May God bless her and all who sail in her."

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  • Success! The bottle smashes, cuing the release of confetti and streamers that covered the assembled crowd.

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  • Members of the ship's crew greet the Duchess of Cambridge following the ceremony.

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  • Captain Tony Draper shows the duchess some of the ship's controls in the bridge following the naming ceremony.

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