Kate Middleton - Final Pre-Baby Engagement Sees Duchess Of Cambridge Naming A Ship On The South Coast

The Duchess of Cambridge is scheduled to make what will likely be her last solo public appearance before her due date, at the naming of a cruise ship on the south coast today. The now heavily pregnant Catherine will be part of a very traditional naming ceremony in Southampton, including smashing a bottle into the ship’s hull, a blessing and music by military bands, according to a report by CNN. The cruise ship carries the rather appropriate name “Royal Princess.” As its godmother, Catherine was given a tour of the ocean liner.

The vessel is owned by Princess Cruises and, after the ceremony, it will sail off on its maiden voyage this Sunday. The ship has a capacity of 3600 The Royal Princess will then sail Mediterranean cruises through the summer and Eastern Caribbean cruises in the fall. Princess Cruises' president and chief executive Alan Buckelew said, via the Mirror: "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."

After some minor problems initially, Catherine is now going through a smooth pregnancy. She is expected to give birth sometime in mid-July. The baby’s sex is still unannounced, but due to a change in succession laws, it will become the heir to the throne regardless.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge,Warner Bros Studios London
Catherine is due next month.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Coronation Anniversary
This may be her last public appearance by herself until then.



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