The Red Funnel’s Red Jet 7, built at East Cowes, was named by the Duchess in Cowes this afternoon
Festivities started midday and the naming itself took place just after 1.30pm alongside Trinity Landing, The Duchess than had lunch at the Royal Yacht Squadron with VIP guests.
Members of the public of the public watched from the shore and The Duchess than met local school children.
Kevin George, Red Funnel’s chairman said he was delighted that Duchess had agreed to christen the new craft.
“The new £7m ship follows in the footsteps of Red Jet 6, which was named by HRH Princess Royal in July 2016,” said Mr George.
Red Jet 7 entered the water for the first time June 6 at Wight Shipyard Co in East Cowes and has now successfully completed her sea trials.
The 277-seat ferry features free WiFi, USB charging points, leather seats, toilets, air conditioning and TV screens with connecting travel information.