Princess Anne jets off to New York in surprise appearance at black-tie gala

Princess Royal has left British shores as she headed across the Atlantic to attend a black-tie gala event. The 72-year-old jetted off from Heathrow Airport on Monday morning and later touched down at the John F Kennedy International Airport. Princess Anne was then greeted by His Majesty’s Consul-General for New York, Mrs Emma Wade-Smith ahead of her appearance at a gala dinner for the English Speaking Union at the Cosmopolitan Club as a guest of honour.

Her Royal Highness delivered an address at the black-tie event.

However, Anne also embarked on an unusual trip while visiting the Big Apple.

The Princess made a trip on the Staten Island Ferry, which travels five miles to Manhattan.

The New York Department of Transportation revealed Anne had made the seaborne trip.

They said on Twitter: “We were pleased to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Anne to the Staten Island Ferry today.”

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Anne’s visit to Staten Island also saw her visit the National Lighthouse Museum in St George.

Adrienne Abbate, a local resident and executive director at Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, took to social media to discuss Anne’s visit to the Lighthouse Museum.

She said: “Staten Island is home to the National Lighthouse Museum located in the former depot that provided oil, fresnel lenses, and other supplies for lighthouses across the world.

“Today friends of the museum gathered to support plans for expansion into one of the neighbouring historic buildings.

“Kudos to Linda Dianto for organizing such an amazing afternoon and for leading this work.

“Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting.

“We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and every one who shares our sense of loss.

“We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted.

“I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch. To my mother, The Queen, thank you.”

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