BritanniaP&O Cruises has confirmed that Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will name the new P&O Cruises vessel Britannia at Ocean Terminal, Southampton, SO14 3QN, on Tuesday March 10, 2015.

The naming will be a milestone in British maritime history and will be an event of great national interest.

Carnival UK chairman David Dingle said:

“We are honoured and proud that Her Majesty will name Britannia almost 20 years after she named the P&O Cruises ship Oriana.

“Britannia, a ship for the nation, will be the embodiment of contemporary Britain, and with her Union Jack livery she will fly the flag for Britain across the Globe.”

Previous Royal Launches:

HRH The Duchess of York (later HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) launched Strathmore on April 4, 1935.

HRH Princess Alexandra launched the first Oriana on November 3, 1959.

HM The Queen named the second Oriana on April 6, 1995.

HRH The Princess Royal named Aurora on April 27, 2000.

HRH The Princess Royal and her daughter Miss Zara Phillips named Oceana and Adonia on May 21, 2003.