The Princess Royal will be reviewing the P&O fleet when all seven of the cruise line’s ships assemble on July 3 to mark the company’s 175th anniversary.
Her Royal Highness is Master of the Corporation of Trinity House, the historic organisation responsible for the UK’s lighthouses, having taken over the position from her father, the Duke of Edinburgh last year. She will on board THV Patricia, the corporation’s flagship, as P&O’s ships sail down Southampton Water into The Solent.
Earlier in the day she will join guests for afternoon tea on board Oriana, the cruise ship named by her mother, HM The Queen, at its launch in 1995. Anne herself has been godmother to two of P&O’s ships – Aurora in 2000, and Oceana in 2003, which she named in a double ceremony with her daughter, Zara, who was godmother to Adonia (now Sea Princess).
The seven ships will be leaving in convoy after a day of celebrations, and will salute the Princess as they pass the Patricia at Charlie Anchorage in Stokes Bay, near Gosport.
P&O Cruises managing director Carol Marlow said: “We are honoured to have HRH The Princess Royal visit us on this, one of the most significant days in our history, as all our seven ships gather in their home port on the same day for the first time ever to celebrate 175 years of heritage. As one of our esteemed godmothers she is intrinsically linked with P&O Cruises and we are privileged that she has agreed to conduct our Fleet Review.
“Thousands of people are expected to line the shores to witness this historical occasion, joining over 15,000 passengers and 6,000 crew on board the seven ships.
“This magnificent Fleet Review will go down in British maritime history, providing long-lasting memories as we look forward to the next stage in our company’s history, with a new ship being launched in 2015.”
Where to see the P&O fleet (click to enlarge image)