The royal family have a long history with boats—from naval service to the Royal Yacht Britannia—but yesterday Princess Anne took to the water in a very different sort of vessel during her trip to New York City. On Tuesday, the N.Y.C. Department of Transportation shared a photo of the Princess Royal taking a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, a commuter ferry connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island.
— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 4, 2022
"We were pleased to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Anne to the #StatenIslandFerry today," they wrote.
The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services later jokingly responded with a tweet of their own, saying "Pete Davidson really started a trend here..."—a reference to the famous Staten Island comedian.
Anne's trip wasn't just for the joy of commuter transit, of course. Along with her ferry ride adventure, the princess also stopped in at the National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island where she serves as honorary chair for their campaign to preserve and expand their gallery space called Illuminating Future Generations. The museum's website even refers to Anne as "one of the great champions in the international lighthouse community."
The royal reportedly toured the museum, including the "Lighthouses of Great Britain" exhibit, unveiled a figurine of Needles Lighthouse in the Isle of Wight, in memory of her parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and gave a short speech on the value of preserving lighthouses.
In addition to her jaunt to Staten Island, Anne also spoke at a gala dinner for the English-Speaking Union of the United States during her stay in NYC. The international appearance marks a broader return to normalcy for the working members of the royal family in the wake of the death of Queen Elizabeth in September.
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