On Thursday June 13th the Duchess will attended the naming ceremony for the 3,600 passenger new-generation ship in Southampton. As godmother, Kate will christen the ship by smashing a champagne bottle over the its hull.
More on the naming ceremony from Stockhouse;
'The spectacular ceremony will uphold British ship-naming traditions including the blessing, a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards, together with contemporary highlights.'
Many of you will recall Kate christened a boat at Trearrddur Bay Lifeboat Station in Anglesey over two years ago during her very first official engagement!
More than 12,000 former passengers and agents will be invited to view the ship during the celebrations. Kate's participation will no doubt generate a huge amount of publicity for the cruise line. Alan Buckelew, the line's president said:
'It is a great honour for Princess Cruises that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to become the godmother to Royal Princess.
We are delighted that the Duchess will launch our new ship and can think of no better way to celebrate our company's British heritage and our commitment to the country.'
Construction of Royal Princess began on 15 March 2011 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy when the first plate was cut.
Royal Princess is the first in a new generation of ships for Princess Cruises. Regal Princess, a sister ship, will make its debut early next year. The ship is sure to delight passengers with exciting new innovations and signature features including an even larger and expanded atrium, the company's largest top deck pool ever, balconies on all outside staterooms and the biggest ice-cream parlour and pizza restaurant on the sea.
The ship's twelve-day Grand Mediterranean cruises between Barcelona and Venice start on June 23, proceeded by a seven-day maiden cruise from Southampton to Barcelona. Two short preview cruises will run during the naming ceremony.
Athletic Kate will enjoy a look at the courts.
Royals have been a popular choice for ship godmother for generations. Princess Diana christened the first ship in the Royal Princess line and Her Majesty has christened a number of ships including her namesake RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967.
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Another interesting aspect of today's announcement is the date. During William and Kate's visit to Scotland last week the Duchess revealed she would be working until June; the statement confirms HRH will be working until at least a month before the birth of Baby Cambridge. Annual royal events Trooping The Colour and the Order of the Garter ceremonies take place on June 15th and 17th respectively, Kate is expected to attend both of these.
An engagement has also been announced for April 23rd. The Duchess will visit The Willows Primary School in Wythwnshawe Manchester. Kate will be launching a programme to help children affected by parental addiction organised by her patronage Action on Addiction.
We'll have more on these events closer to the date.
|The Willows Primary School|
We'll have more on these events closer to the date.
St James's Palace also announced this morning that Prince William will succeed his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh as president of Fields in Trust.
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Fields in Trust was founded in 1925 by King George V as the National Playing Fields Association. It works to safeguard and improve outdoor recreational spaces in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations. Prince Philip was president for 64 years and during his time, despite the continuing pressure to dispose of playing fields, the number of fields protected by Fields in Trust has grown from 430 sites to 2,872 sites. The organisation credits Prince Philip's determination and unique knowledge of the organisation for their incredible success.
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Cambridge engaged in their support of the organisation.
|Fields in Trust|
Fields of Trust shared this via their website:
'Whilst it is with huge regret that Fields in Trust is announcing the resignation of the Duke of Edinburgh it is with enormous pleasure that Fields in Trust announces that the Duke of Cambridge is honouring the charity by agreeing to succeed his grandfather as President. The Duke of Cambridge was Patron of the very successful Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.'
It's wonderful to see William succeeding his grandfather in a role Prince Philip was very passionate about. At 91 it is time for Philip to reduce his hectic workload and it is, without doubt, reassuring for him to know the organisation is in safe hands with William as president.
This week's edition of Hello! Magazine reports William is leaving the RAF and beginning a new unannounced job (with many thanks to immensely knowledgeable @CambridgeWatch). The story also reveals the Prince is planning to take time off when the baby is born. Perhaps a role with the Household Cavalry in London is looming? . It does sound like a very likely possibility, we should hear something official within the month.
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