Queen Elizabeth to Name Queen Mary

October 19, 2003
The verdict is finally in as, after many months of whispered rumors, Cunard Line announces that Queen Mary 2 will officially be named by Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (official title: Her Majesty The Queen).

The naming ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, January 8 and Her Majesty The Queen will be accompanied by her husband, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. At this point, no other details are available. Cunard does offer some fun historic facts that tie Cunard liners to members of Britain’s royal family. Among them? This is Queen Elizabeth’s third ship naming ceremony; she also performed the ceremony for QE2 in 1967 and the old Caronia in 1947. The late Queen Mother, as Queen Elizabeth, launched Queen Elizabeth in 1938. Queen Mary, wife of King George V, was the first monarch to launch a cruise ship when she named Queen Mary in 1934.

The 150,000-ton, 2,620-passenger ship, which will earn the "biggest ship ever" crown upon its launch, sails its inaugural on January 12 with a Southampton to Ft. Lauderdale trans-Atlantic crossing.