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The ceremony, to take place on board the new 90,000-ton vessel at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard, marks the completion of a ship noted for striking interiors on a par with the ‘floating palaces’ of the twenties and
Just after 1100 hours, following speeches by Romano Prodi, the Prime Minister of Italy, and Jim Fitzpatrick, MP, Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport, the Italian flag will be ceremonially lowered and the Red Ensign raised. And so another magnificent Cunard liner will enter
the Register of British Shipping.
The event, attended by an invited audience, will be given a British emphasis by the presence of the Band of the Scots Guards, flown out specially to perform on board throughout the day.
Carol Marlow, Cunard’s President and Managing Director, says:
“This ceremony to mark the completion of the ship, and our acceptance of
delivery, is just the first of a number of significant events over the next few weeks – including the ship’s official naming by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, in Southampton on Monday 10 December. I’m certain the British will take this truly magnificent ship to their hearts, as they have all the Cunard Queens”.
Queen Victoria is due to leave the shipyard on 30 November, and sail to Southampton – where she will berth at the City Cruise Terminal at 0930 hours on Friday 7 December.
She will depart on her Maiden Voyage, to a splendid firework display, at 1700 hours, on Tuesday 11 December.