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Camilla’s cruise ship inauguration blunder caused loud ‘gasps’ – ‘Bad omen’

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Ship inaugurations are often big events which entail a number of ceremonies, including rituals carried out by those who believe in superstitions. In 2007, the Duchess of Cornwall was invited to the inaugural event of Cunard’s Queen Victoria and was granted the honour of christening it.

However, according to the Telegraph’s cruise writer Gary Buchanan, Camilla suffered a gaffe that prompted gasps from other guests.

He wrote: “Induction of ships dates back at least 4,000 years when voyages were often perilous.

“Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans invoked their gods. Until a few hundred years ago, only men christened new ships, but by the 19th century tradition had shifted to women as the preferred godmothers; sponsors, to use the correct parlance.

“Maritime lore holds that it is a bad omen if the bottle of christening wine fails to shatter.

“In December 2007, the gasps echoed around the stage when, despite the best efforts of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the magnum of Veuve Cliquot bounced off the hull at the christening ceremony of Cunard’s Queen Victoria.”

But Camilla’s incident raised awareness for future ship christening attendees, with actress Helen Mirren taking precautions when inducting P&O Cruises’ Ventura.

Mr Buchanan added: “Four months later, again in Southampton, Dame Helen Mirren officiated at the naming of P&O Cruises’ Ventura.

“To spare any blushes, the stagecraft called for the actress, who won an Oscar for her performance in the 2006 film The Queen, to instruct a team of Royal Marine Commandos to abseil down the hull of the ship and burst the bottle of bubbly underneath the ship’s name.”

Camilla and Prince Charles have arrived in Greece for an official two-day visit despite backlash from people pointing out Britons could be fined £5,000 for taking a foreign holiday.

But the royal couple are exempt from the new restriction as their trip is considered to be of diplomatic significance.

Greek prime minister Kyraikos Mitsotkis invited the royals for their first overseas engagement of the year.

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The couple will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square, the central square of Athens.

Charles and Camilla will also attend a traditional Greek military parade march through the streets of the capital.

The last time the heir apparent and his wife were in Greece was in May 2018.

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