The naming event was held at a garden party on the quayside where the ship was moored awaiting its first paying guests. Normally a sea of concrete, the quay was transformed into a large lawn, covered in grass brought down from Yorkshire. Around five hundred guests enjoyed delightful food, accompanied by Hush Heath English sparkling wine. A jeroboam of the same vintage was later used in the naming ceremony.
Once seated for the formal events, guests were entertained by the Band of the Royal Marines Collingwood and the Morriston Orpheus Choir before the Duchess stepped up and performed the official naming ceremony.