Queen Anne naming ceremony

All the information around Queen Anne's naming ceremony, held in Liverpool, UK on 3 June 2024.

Very soon, Queen Anne will make her debut in Liverpool, Cunard’s spiritual home. Here she will be officially named at a spectacular event taking place during her inaugural sailing around Britain, The British Isles Festival Voyage. 

For anyone who won’t be on board, and who can’t join us in Liverpool, be sure to follow our social media channels. We’ll be posting updates throughout the day from the heart of the action.

Queen Anne’s arrival

From early morning on 3 June, as the world’s media awaits Queen Anne’s arrival into the River Mersey, all eyes will be on Liverpool Pier Head. Our new ship is scheduled to arrive at around 7.00am, and then the waterfront will be alive with activity in the lead up to a dazzling ceremony set to start at 4.00pm, which will hosted by musician Matt Willis and his wife, TV presenter Emma Willis.

The Official Naming

We are thrilled to announce that world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will be performing, joined by a line-up of Liverpool’s finest talent. Those in attendance will enjoy one-of-a-kind performances from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, local DJ Lauren Lo Sung, and of course the official naming by Queen Anne’s Godparent, including the iconic smashing of a Champagne bottle against the ship.

All guests sailing on The British Isles Festival Voyage are invited to watch the ceremony from a dedicated viewing area ashore. The celebrations will also be broadcast live throughout the ship, for those who remain on board.

A spectacular send-off

From around 8.30pm, as evening celebrations begin, we’ll be treated to a further performance from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, before legendary Liverpudlian TV personality and DJ, Craig Charles, joins them on stage for a unique collaboration. Craig will keep the party going until the grand finale, when Queen Anne sails away to a backdrop of dazzling fireworks as light falls. It’s sure to be a sailaway party that’ll live long in the memory, both along the waterfront and on board Queen Anne.

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Queen Anne

The next in a fine line, Queen Anne is the perfect blend of classic and contemporary, with the freedom to do as little or as much as you choose.