Princess Anne, the only daughter of the late Queen Elizabeth II, visited New York City this week and took a dreary afternoon ride on the Staten Island Ferry. The New York Post described the drop-in to the Big Apple as a “surprise.”
She did not ride the ferry for the standard non-commute reason of drinking a Shock Top while gazing upon the Statue of Liberty from a safe distance but was instead on her way back from Staten Island’s National Lighthouse Museum after accepting an honorary chair position. The princess is apparently obsessed with lighthouses — as the Staten Island Advance reported, she is “one of the great champions in the international lighthouse community.”
In her remarks to the lighthouse community that afternoon, she called lighthouses “a particularly good way of educating people about the importance of maritime in all its formats.” So true!