Britain's Queen Elizabeth named a new cruise ship in Southampton yesterday (11.10.10).
The 84-year-old royal was guest of honour at the glitzy naming ceremony in the seaside city, where she officially gave her moniker to the brand new Italian-built ship.
The luxury liner - which weighs 92,000 tonnes - launches on her maiden voyage today (12.10.10) on an extravagant cruise to the Canary Islands.
Tickets for the liner - which sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale- were priced from Â£1,489 for a cabin to Â£15,799 per person.
The ship is the third to carry Queen Elizabeth's name, has 16 decks and 2,000 passengers.
The lavish ceremony saw a number of stars, including Sir Ben Kingsley, in attendance as the ship was officially named when Elizabeth pressed a button which smashed a bottle of white wine on the ship's hull.
It is thought the liner cost in the region of Â£365 million to build, and features a ballroom, games deck, gym and 830-seat theatre.