Andrea Bocelli fan arrives hours early to see legendary tenor

An avid Andrea Bocelli fan arrived hours ahead of today's Queen Anne naming ceremony event to see the star perform live.

Having recently taken her maiden voyage, Cunard's new liner Queen Anne arrived in Liverpool this morning for her naming ceremony - a moment signified by the traditional smashing of a bottle of champagne against the 249th ship to carry the Cunard name.

The day will be packed with performances by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, DJ Lauren Lo Sung and a funk and soul set by Craig Charles. You can see the full itinerary here.

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For opera fan Katie Madden, the undisputed star of today's ceremony is legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli. Katie arrived at the Pier Head at around 10.30 this morning, more than five hours before the event was scheduled to begin.

She told the ECHO: "I'm a huge fan and it's incredible that someone like him is here today. I really love opera music. I'm a huge Sarah Brightman fan too but I'm really excited to see Andrea.

"It is an honour to have the legendary Andrea Bocelli perform in Liverpool and where better than on the beautiful waterfront. An unforgettable experience.

"I love his song The Prayer but I'm hoping he sings Time To Say Goodbye because that's the song he did with Sarah Brightman and it's one of my favourites."

Katie added: "It's going to be an incredible day. It's good the world is now watching Liverpool because it's a fantastic city for music."

A firework finale will form the closing spectacle of today's event. You can see the full itinerary for the Queen Anne's naming ceremony here.

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