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Queen Anne Naming Ceremony: A Spectacular Evening in Liverpool

Queen Anne Naming Ceremony: A Spectacular Evening in Liverpool

Looking for some firework fun to enjoy tonight?

Well you're in luck as tonight marks a momentous occasion in Liverpool as Cunard’s newest cruise liner, Queen Anne, takes centre stage for her grand naming ceremony. As you might expect, as t's a grand celebration there will be a dazzling firework display to cap it all off.

A Historic Arrival

The Queen Anne, having recently completed her maiden voyage, is set to arrive in Liverpool today, June 3rd. Her entrance will be marked by the traditional and ceremonial smashing of a bottle of champagne against her bow, making her the 249th ship to bear the prestigious Cunard name. This event is steeped in tradition and brings a sense of nostalgia as it harks back to Liverpool's rich maritime history. After all, it was in Liverpool in 1840 that Cunard launched its transatlantic service, heralding the age of passenger shipping.

A Star-Studded Event

The festivities kick off bright and early, with Queen Anne arriving at 7am, escorted by a fire tug—a fittingly grand entrance for such an occasion. The ceremony itself begins at 4pm, hosted by none other than Matt Willis, of Busted fame, and his wife Emma Willis.

One of the highlights of the evening is a performance by the legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli. His powerful voice, accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, will create an unforgettable atmosphere as Queen Anne is officially named. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness such an iconic performance in a historic setting.

Celebrations on the Mersey

As day turns to evening, the celebrations continue with live entertainment starting at 5pm. The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and local DJ Lauren Lo Sung will join in, adding a local flavour to the event.

At 8.30pm, the evening celebrations ramp up with more from the Philharmonic Orchestra and a special funk and soul DJ set by Craig Charles.

And then, the grand finale.

At 10.15pm, Queen Anne will depart from Liverpool, sailing away with a spectacular backdrop of fireworks. This stunning display promises to provide a perfect end to what will surely be a memorable day.

Join the Fun

For those of you who appreciate the art of fireworks, tonight’s display will be one for the books. As Queen Anne sails away under the Mersey sky, the pyrotechnic show will paint the night in vivid colours, a fitting tribute to this liner and her historic naming ceremony.

Best of all, the event is free and open to everyone. No tickets are needed—just head down to the Pier Head and join in the celebrations. There will be a specific viewing area for guests aboard the Queen Anne, but the general public will have plenty of space to enjoy the festivities.

So, grab your coat, head down to the Pier Head, and be part of this extraordinary event. Whether you’re a maritime enthusiast, a fan of live music, or just love a good fireworks display, tonight promises to be a night to remember.

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