A BOTTLE of sparkling wine from a brewery near Portsmouth was smashed against a new cruise liner by the Queen to name the vessel.
Breaking tradition, the Queen used a bottle of wine from the Wiston Estate Winery, in Pulborough, West Sussex, to name the Britannia, which is a 141,000-ton addition to the P&O Cruises fleet. A bottle of champagne is usually used.
Watched by hundreds of dignitaries and accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen smashed of a bottle of Nebuchadnezzar against the £473 million ship.
The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth were also at the naming ceremony.
A spokesman for the Wiston Estate Winery said before the naming: ‘We are thrilled that it will be Her Majesty the Queen who will be breaking a Nebuchadnezzar of Wiston on the bow of Britannia.
‘Pip, Harry, Dermot and Richard are all getting ready for the celebrations on board, where the Wiston Estate Brut NV will be flowing freely.
‘Well done to Robin, who took on the duty of hand labelling the enormous bottles and has done a fantastic job.’