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Kate Middleton christens Royal Princess

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Britain's Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton christened a gigantic new cruise ship named Royal Princess by smashing a bottle of champagne against its bow on Thursday (June 13).

The ceremony organised by the cruise liner's owners, Princess Cruises, took place in Southampton, UK and represents Kate's last solo duty before giving birth to the next heir to the throne.

The predecessor to the new Royal Princess was christened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1984.

"I name this ship Royal Princess. May god bless her and all who sail in her," said the Duchess, prior to cutting a string and inaugurating the liner by smashing a 4 gallon (15 liter) bottle champagne against the bow.

The duchess was under scrutiny for any hints about her baby when she launched the new 3,600-passenger vessel on England's south coast. Wearing a small, black hat and black-and-white dalmatian print coat, the duchess was careful to give nothing away. In Ma