Behind the name.
The name ‘Queen Anne’ celebrates Cunard’s rich heritage, royal history, and refined status – joining a luxury contemporary fleet now honouring the names of each Queen Regnant over the last millennium.
Our close relationship with the British monarchy is a key part of our heritage, and we pride ourselves on a history that is closely interwoven with that of the nation. A fitting name for the fourth in a fleet of prestigious queens, Queen Anne was chosen because of the monarch’s many merits. Reigning between the years of 1702 and 1714, in just twelve short years Queen Anne achieved a great deal, including the unification of Great Britain and pushing forward the boundaries of arts and education, enabling great progress and change. An often overlooked and even mistreated sovereign, Queen Anne was an accomplished and dedicated woman. Well-loved by the people, she was an example of true grace and refinement: two qualities that are emulated by her namesake, our fourth ship.
Find out more from historian Kate Williams in our special video, exploring the Queen behind the name.
"She did so much in her reign. She pulled the country into a new century, she fostered arts, innovation, sciences, she made so many changes within constitutional, political monarchy and really created monarchy... and the country as we know it today."
Our fourth Queen.
Eminent historian and television presenter, Professor Kate Williams, explains why Queen Anne was the natural choice for the name of our new ship.