SOUTHAMPTON, U.K. -- The Queen Mary 2 was christened Thursday here
by Queen Elizabeth II in an hour-long ceremony filled with pomp and
About 2,000 invited guests attended the christening, which was
Confetti fell from the ceiling of a covered grandstand after
Queen Elizabeth II named the vessel and a bottle of Veuve Cliquot
champagne broke on cue.
Fireworks exploded over the QM2's bow as the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra performed. Helping out were the Royal Marines band,
Heather Small singing "Proud" and opera diva Lesley Garrett.
The ceremonies emphasized the British history of the company,
which is now owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp. Cunard president
Pamela Conover spoke on behalf of the line.
The 151,000-ton liner is to depart Monday on its maiden voyage
to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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