The fourth luxury cruise ship to be named by Queen Elizabeth II is due to arrive in Southampton

HM The Queen will christen Cunard‘s new superliner Queen Elizabeth during its maiden call in its new home port of Southampton next month. The 92,000-tonne ship, built in Italy, has undergone successful sea trials in the Adriatic and is expected to arrive in Southampton on 8 October.

Its christening ceremony will take place on Monday 11 October, and the 965ft long liner will be the fourth Cunarder named by Her Majesty. She launched the first, Caronia, when she was still a princess, but it was as monarch that she christened Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967 and Queen Mary 2 in 2004.

More than 2,000 passengers and 1,000 crew will be aboard the new Queen Elizabeth when it sails on its maiden voyage to Spain, Portugal and various Atlantic islands.