Andrea Bocelli gets minute long applause as he performs for Queen Anne's naming ceremony

Legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed to thousands on Liverpool's Pier Head for the Cunard's Queen Anne naming ceremony.

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.

People waited for hours along the Pier Head to watch the entertainment put on to celebrate the naming ceremony. The day was packed with performances by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, with more stars scheduled to perform later this evening.

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Formal proceedings for the ceremony concluded with a stunning performance by operatic superstar Andrea Bocelli, including his iconic song 'Time to Say Goodbye'. The crowd remained silent as they watched before erupting into a standing minute-long applause.

Local performers will be keeping the waterfront crowds entertained on the ground for hours to come. From around 8.30pm, evening celebrations begin, with a further piece from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, transporting visitors to a world of funk and soul as the legendary Liverpudlian TV personality and DJ, Craig Charles, joins the orchestra on stage for a unique collaboration set to thrill.

Craig will keep the party going and everyone on their feet until the grand finale. The Queen Anne will leave around 10.15pm. A fireworks finale is set to take place (weather permitting) for guests ashore and on board.

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