Cunard names City of Liverpool as Queen Anne godparent

By Lisa James
03/06/2024
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Cunard has named the City of Liverpool as godparent of its newest ship Queen Anne in recognition of the long-lasting bond the cruise line has with its ‘spiritual home’.

Liverpool was the birthplace of Cunard and the cruise line’s first transatlantic crossing departed 184 years ago in July 1840. The city was the company’s headquarters for 128 years.

On behalf of the City of Liverpool, the cruise line has selected five distinguished Liverpool icons to represent the city and officially name Queen Anne. 

The five are: Spice Girl Melanie C, broadcaster and community leader Ngunan Adamu, local restaurateur Natalie Haywood, Liverpool music and cultural legend Jayne Casey and British Olympian heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thomson. 

The icons joined Cunard President, Katie McAlister, and Captain Inger Klein Thorhauge for the naming ceremony, which was opened by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, hosted by Matt and Emma Willis, and included a performance by operatic superstar Andrea Bocelli.

Cunard President Katie McAlister said:  “Liverpool is the spiritual home of Cunard, and we are therefore delighted and feel it very fitting that the City of Liverpool is the godparent to Queen Anne.

“It’s testament to the enduring relationship that connects Cunard and the city in which it was founded to the present day when we officially named our new ship on the Liverpool Waterfront, in front of the Cunard Building.

“We are equally delighted to have our five chosen Liverpool icons represent the city in the ceremony. All remarkable in their own right, they have inspired generations and collectively capture the essence of the city that has shaped global culture.” 

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