Kate Middleton formally names cruise ship Royal Princess

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At the naming ceremony Kate Middleton wore a stylish black coat from the high street retailer Hobbs.

The ceremony began with the artistic act of the British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield and music from other military bands. After this the boat was blessed by the Right Rev Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester.

Next the Duchess of Cambridge cut the cord to send a Moet & Chandon’s Nebuchadnezzar champagne bottle worth £1,250 towards the hull of the Royal Princess. At the ceremony held in Southampton, the Duchess, eight months pregnant, appeared relaxed. She even did a short tour of the ship.

Kate and Prince William did not reveal until now the child’s sex, preferring to keep this a mystery for the general public. Kate and William, who is the second in line to the throne after his father, got married at London’s Westminster Abbey in April 2011.

After this event the first cruise for the new 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is scheduled for this summer.

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