Princess Anne Makes Surprise Visit to New York City — and Rides the Staten Island Ferry!

Princess Anne made a wonder visit to New York City that covered a trip on one of the Big Apple’s more unique modes of public transit.

On Tuesday, the N.Y.C. Department of Transportation shared a photograph on Twitter of Anne, seventy two, aboard the Staten Island Ferry, which shuttles commuters and passengers among decrease Manhattan and the borough of Staten Island for free in any respect hours of the day.

“We were pleased to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Anne to the #StatenIslandFerry today,” the Department of Transportation wrote on Twitter alongside the image, which indicates Princess Anne searching out over the waters of New York Harbor.

Queen Elizabeth’s handiest daughter arrived in New York on a flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport from London on Monday and spoke at a gala dinner for the English-Speaking Union of the US. The subsequent day, she visited the National Lighthouse Museum in St. George, Staten Island, in keeping with the Staten Island Advance.

Princess Anne changed into named honorary chair for the museum’s Illuminating Future Generations campaign, a fundraising effort the museum launched in January to elevate cash for preservation and expansion of its gallery area, consistent with the Advance.

The Princess Royal, who the Advance known as “one of the amazing champions within the worldwide lighthouse community,” took a excursion of the museum with curator Amanda Nesci and unveiled a miniature figurine of Needles Lighthouse on the U.K.’s Isle of Wright in reminiscence of her parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, before departing again to Manhattan, the paper reviews.

“I think lighthouses have been a specially exact way of teaching humans approximately the importance of maritime in all its formats,” Anne, whose husband Timothy Laurence turned into a commander in the Royal Navy whilst she wore the Royal Navy ceremonial outfit for her mom’s funeral last month, advised an target market at a luncheon in Battery Park on Tuesday put on by means of the museum, according to the Advance.

“It’s now not pretty much change, however the impact of what we do to the sea, and the way we are able to look after it better, and the way wherein it influences our lives.”

“The lighthouse nonetheless has a really critical part to play,” Princess Anne brought.  “The tale that is going with lighthouses and the way we came is just as crucial, and [the] museum has made an brilliant impact in telling that tale. What you do needs scope, to inform more of that story.”

The museum first reached out to Anne inquiring whether or not she would be interested by travelling in 2019, however issues posed by the COVID-19 pandemic forced the visit to be re-scheduled twice, consistent with the Advance.

Princess Anne’s visit to Staten Island got here almost sixty five years after Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip toured the borough during a ride to the USA on Oct. 21, 1957.

A palace source tells PEOPLE that Princess Anne’s go to to New York changed into scheduled before Queen Elizabeth’s death.

King Charles, Anne’s brother, accepted her to head beforehand with the ride as deliberate.

Princess Anne’s trip to the U.S. Marks a much wider go back to royal responsibilities amongst contributors of the own family following the mourning length for Queen Elizabeth, which ended per week after the monarch’s funeral on Sept. 19. The Princess Royal was by using her mother’s facet when the records-making monarch died on Sept. 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

“I become fortunate enough to percentage the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life,” Anne stated in a assertion, released by means of Buckingham Palace on September 14.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final trips.”