Princess Anne makes a surprise visit to New York City and rides on the Staten Island ferry!
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Princess Anne made a surprise visit to New York City that included a ride on one of the Big Apple’s one-of-a-kind public transportation.
On Tuesday, the New York City Department of Transportation posted a photo on Twitter of Ann, 72, on the Staten Island ferrywhich transports passengers and passengers between Lower Manhattan and the town of Staten Island free of charge at all hours of the day.
“We are delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Anne to the #StatenIslandFerry today,” the Department of Transportation wrote on Twitter, alongside the photo of Princess Anne overlooking the waters of New York Harbor.
The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth arrived in New York on a flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport from London on Monday and spoke at a dinner for the English-speaking United States of America. The next day, she visited the National Lighthouse Museum in St. George, Staten Island, according to Advance Staten Island.
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Princess Anne has been named an honorary chair for the Museum’s Future Generations Enlightenment Campaign, a fundraising effort the museum launched in January to raise funds to maintain and expand its gallery space, according to Progressing.
Royal princess, which Progressing Called “one of the great heroes of the international lighthouse community,” he toured the museum with curator Amanda Nischi and unveiled a miniature statue of Needles Lighthouse on Wright Island, UK in memory of her parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, before returning to Manhattan, the newspaper reported.
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“I think the lighthouses have been a particularly good way to educate people about the importance of shipping in all its forms,” Anne, whose husband Timothy Lawrence was a captain in the Royal Navy while wearing her ceremonial Royal Navy uniform at her mother’s funeral last month, told the audience at a lunch in Battery Park on Tuesday erected by the Museum, in Progressing. “It’s not just about trade, but about the impact of what we do with the sea, how we can take better care of it, and the way it affects our lives.”
Princess Anne added: “The lighthouse still plays a really important role.” “The story that goes along with the beacons and how we got here is just as important, and [the] The museum has had an astonishing influence in telling that story. What you do needs scope to tell more of that story.”
Martin Messner – Paul/Getty Images Princess Anne at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral
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The museum first reached out to Anne to inquire if she would be interested in visiting in 2019, but issues posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the visit to be rescheduled twice, according to the Progressing.
Princess Anne’s visit to Staten Island came nearly 65 years after Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip toured the town during a trip to the United States on October 21, 1957.
A palace source told People that Princess Anne’s visit to New York was scheduled before Queen Elizabeth died. King Charles, Anne’s brother, allowed her to proceed with the trip as planned.
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Princess Anne’s trip to the United States marks a broader return to royal duties among family members after the period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth, which ended a week after the king’s funeral on September 19.
The Princess Royal was at her mother’s side when the history-making king died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
“I have been fortunate enough to share the last 24 hours of my dear mother’s life,” Anne said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace on September 14. “It has been an honor and a privilege to accompany her on her last travels.”
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