Camilla Parker Bowles to "Name" Queen Victoria

9-11-07: Camilla Parker Bowles to "Name" Queen Victoria In an unusual act of modesty when it comes to anything related to the Royal Family, Cunard announced that "The Duchess of Cornwall" will name the new Cunard ship, Queen Victoria. What the press release didn't mention, for those of us who are not regular readers of British tabloids, is that the same is Camilla Parker Bowles. The press release also mentions that the "Prince of Wales" shall be at the ceremony, but it does not use the name Prince Charles, who is Camilla's husband and, of course, formerly married to Diana.

There has been speculation that the Duchess prefers not to use the specific royal title "Princess of Wales" because of its association in the public's mind with Princess Diana, yet, as the wife of Charles, she could rightfully claim the title.

Upon Charles's eventual claim to the throne of U.K., the Duchess of Cornwall will be technically Queen Camilla, though it is said to be already decided that she will become Her Royal Highness "The Princess Consort," rather than Queen Consort or Queen Camilla, if or when Prince Charles becomes King.

Which leaves us to wonder, what will Cunard call their next ship? Every ship they have ever named after royalty has had the title "Queen." Will they break tradition and call the next one Prince, or possible King Charles? Or might they use "Grandmum" instead? We rather like the name King Charles, it has a certain ring to it.

Below are excerpts from the official press release:

Cunard Line is delightedly announcing that Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, will attend a ceremony in Southampton on December 10, 2007, to mark the introduction of Cunard's new 90,000-ton liner Queen Victoria. At this ceremony, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall will perform the naming of the ship. This naming will be a milestone in both Cunard and British maritime history, and will be a major event of worldwide interest, with over 2,000 VIP guests from around the globe in attendance at the prestigious ceremony.

"This will be an historic occasion. We are most honoured that Their Royal Highnesses have accepted our invitation and that Her Royal Highness will name our newest Cunarder," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. "Every one of our Cunard Queens has been named by a member of the Royal Family and we are therefore delighted that Queen Victoria will follow in that tradition. In addition, this particular ceremony will mark the beginning of a new era, as it will be the first time in our 168-year history that we will have three Cunard Queens in service at the same time," added Marlow.

Queen Victoria will not only be a classic Cunard ocean liner, offering the very best of Cunard heritage and traditions, but will also be the second largest Cunarder the company has ever built. She will be in Southampton for four days, during which time over 7,000 guests from around the world will visit the ship. She will depart on her Maiden Voyage on Tuesday December 11, 2007.

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