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    A Royal christening

    Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrived at the naming ceremony of the Royal Princess, which kicked off at 11:15 a.m. in Southampton. The ceremony included performances by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards. British singer Natasha Bedingfield also performed.

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    A Royal christening

    Under a gray but rain-free sky, a crowd of several hundred witnessed the official naming of the Royal Princess, the newest Princess Cruises ship, by British royalty. The duchess was the ship's godmother.

  • A Royal christening - 3 of 5

    A Royal christening

    The duchess snipped a cord that sent a magnum of champagne to break on the bow of the ship.

  • A Royal christening - 4 of 5

    A Royal christening

    Before the ceremony, the duchess toured the Royal Princess and met with representatives of the ship's crew. She also toured the bridge with the Royal's captain, Tony Draper.

  • A Royal christening - 5 of 5

    A Royal christening

    The $735 million Royal Princess arrived in Southampton June 7 for the festivities.

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