Where the royal cut the ribbon
The Duchess of Cambridge showed off a Dalmatian print coat suit to launch the latest Princess Cruises ship.
The Duchess follows in the tradition of other female royals in the royal family in participating in a christening ceremony. When she was a Princess, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II christened ships and the Duchess’ late mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales participated in the very same ceremony. The company’s latest ship is named the Royal Princess.
The Duchess’ Hobbs coat suit sells at retail, costing the Duchess $265 USD and she wore a black straw fascinator in the beret style. The first Hobbs shop in Hampstead opened in 1981 and the brand has become a highly sought after shoe and modern women’s fashion clothing retailer over the thirty years that the store has thriven and grown. They are considered synonymous with the best British design, skillfully combining reverence for tradition and a cheeky innovative modernized fashion structure.
The engagement continued to be conducted in true British pomp and ceremony, with the Royal Marine Band and the Pipe Band of 1st Battalion Irish Guards giving the Duchess a musical salute. The peak of the festivities occurred as she smashed a bottle of Moet et Chandon champagne against the hull of the Royal Princess and the affair was concluded with the Pipe Band of 1st Battalion Irish Guards conducting a parade as Her Royal Highness looked on.
Upon the conclusion of the appearance and main festivities, she was given a guided tour around the cruise ship.
HM Queen Elizabeth II as Heiress Presumptive was never the Princess of Wales, a title reserves for the wife of the heir the the British throne. Elizabeth was born HRH Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York. When her father assumed the throne she became HRH the Princess Elizabeth, upon marriage to the newly created Duke of Edinburgh she became HRH the Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh and finally after her father’s death, by the Grace of God; Her Majesty the Queen.
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