The Duchess of Cambridge Names Royal Princess in a Traditional Bottle-Breaking Ceremony

Princess Cruises, Royal princess Naming Ceromony,13.06.2013

Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises

It’s a nautical tradition that spans thousands of years with ceremonies that can be as intimate or as grandiose as to have preceding soirees leading up to the momentous event—the naming of a ship. This sacred tradition includes an act of breaking a bottle against the hull of a brand-new vessel and a blessing for good fortune and safety of the ship and all of it’s crew and passengers.

Today, in Southhampton, UK, a week-long celebration heralded the most anticipated launching event of the year, the naming of the Royal Princess by the ship’s godmother, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.Continue reading