Queen Victoria has successfully completed her sea trials. She is seen here being put through her paces in her first photograph at sea.
Sea trials are undertaken to ensure that ships operate safely and efficiently and as such, the performance is tested in order to identify and correct any equipment issues before the vessel enters service.
The various trials test the maximum speed achievable and maneuverability to evaluate the ship's capabilities, putting stress on the major engine components to ensure they work under the most extreme conditions.
"Queen Victoria has successfully completed her first venture out to sea and now, back at the yard, her magnificent public spaces, luxurious suites and staterooms are coming to life with the addition of intriguing art work, elegant features and classical furnishings," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.
Queen Victoria is scheduled to arrive in Southampton for the first time on Friday, December 7, this year, where she will be named by Her Royal Highness Camilla Duchess of Cornwall at a regal ceremony on Monday, December 10, which will also be attended by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.