Princess Anne made a 24-hour visit to NYC, she rode the Staten Island ferry

Here are the most recent photos of Princess Anne at all of our photo agencies – on September 22, Anne visited a naval base in Portsmouth, England. The engagement was like most of Anne’s events – extremely lowkey, no drama, and very few headlines. Anne doesn’t get a lot of attention, good or bad. Anne also moves undercover because so few people are checking up on her movements or events. I bring this up because Anne was in New York this week and I can’t find any photos other than the ones on the Daily Mail. Was this trip much like the Countess of Wessex’s trip to New York in February, where Sophie brought her own royal rota photographer to take “candid” shots of her in NYC, then those photos were supplied only to the Mail, People Magazine and a handful of royalist newspapers?

Princess Anne carried out an impressive four royal engagements on a whirlwind tour of New York City yesterday as she became the first senior royal to visit the US since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to California in 2020.

The Princess Royal, 72, proved why she is often dubbed the ‘hardest working royal’ as she made a surprise appearance in the east-coast city to visit several different sites and present awards.

Her visit to the US is the first trip made by a senior member of the Royal Family since Harry and Meghan stepped down as working royals and moved to Santa Barbara, California, shortly before the pandemic.

It is also the first visit since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive interview with veteran broadcaster Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, in which they made allegations of racism about a senior member of the family, whom they did not name.

But royal fans who may have feared a frosty reception for the Princess Royal amid the rift were no doubt relieved to see Anne welcomed with open arms by New Yorkers.

[From The Daily Mail]

Again, this is not the first visit to New York by a senior royal. The Countess of Wessex was in New York for four days in February, and absolutely no one paid attention to her visit here in America. Much like the Wessexes and the then-Cambridges’ Caribbean Flop Tours earlier this year, these soft-reentry trips to New York are being done for an entirely domestic British audience. The point of royalty, these days, is sending out white royals to pose for photos overseas so they can be praised in the British press. It’s an incredibly bonkers system. I have to wonder if this will be the play for William and Kate’s trip to Boston in December too – limiting the international media’s access in favor of doing photo-ops and events for their domestic audience. I don’t think they’ll be able to get away with that, though.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    lol, “ very low key.” As in, no one knew or cared!

  2. Snuffles says:

    “But royal fans who may have feared a frosty reception for the Princess Royal amid the rift were no doubt relieved to see Anne welcomed with open arms by New Yorkers.”

    I don’t see any New Yorker. I see a handful of military who are probably not from New York.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Nobody in NY knew she was there. This obsession with the US liking or welcoming the royals is crazy.

    • Eurydice says:

      Lol, even the 2 guys on the Staten Island ferry didn’t seem very happy.

    • Aud says:

      Plus Anne is generally respected as hardworking and seen as neutral in the H&M situation. Charles and William are the main ones who may receive frosty receptions.

    • Lizzie says:

      Worse than a frosty reception is no reception. At all. Zilch. Nada. The fail has a pic of her at the airport carrying her luggage. No one is even looking at her.

  3. FhMom says:

    I’ve read a few books about the RF, and Anne appears to be the least awful of them. Low bar, I know. I hope someone will set me straight if this is untrue.

  4. equality says:

    What’s the point? And who paid for this? Did she fly commercial or private? Did UK taxpayers foot the bill for her low-key vacation in NYC?

    • Sue E Generis says:

      Did the US pay for her security? Since, according to the UK, lower tier royals are not at risk so don’t require it. She’s far below Harry, so I’m curious.

  5. 809Matriarch says:

    What’s with all these stealth visits to the US? Testing the water? No one was checking for Anne for DECADES & no one is checking for Afro Annie now.

    • MeganC says:

      Let’s not use the word Afro to describe a white woman’s hair.

      • Lizzie says:

        That’s her nickname on SussexRoyal YouTube channel. It’s caught on and I’ve seen her referred to as Afro Annie quite a bit.

    • Jaded says:

      I’m white and have wiry, frizzy hair like Anne. Just sayin’…

      • Meija says:

        Her hair is awful. Her and the Queen never updated their hair. She would be beautiful in a newer haircut.

  6. Ceej says:

    First trip made by a senior member…

    Haha! That’s gotta burn for the countess of Wessex LOL

    Guess the PR campaign hasn’t stuck.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    What’s the point of making these trips if you’re going to be low key. Seems like a joy ride to me.

    • MaryContrary says:

      Right? Isn’t the whole point to communicate what they’re “doing” or honoring or promoting??

    • Annalise says:

      @MARYCONTRARY- I’ve wondered the same thing!!! For YEARS we’ve heard about Anne is one of the hardest working royals, Anne does a jillion events a year etc etc….and yet I don’t even remember the last time I saw an article about Anne doing something charity-related. Anne, with all her events, was so rarely reported on. I think Anne was acutely aware that the Queen did NOT want anyone overshadowing her (QE) , or getting more publicity than her (QE) in general, and as a result, the charities suffered!!! Because charities LIVE on donations! And so what good is a royal patron, if they don’t get your charity any publicity?? Publicity= donations!! I’ve thought for a long time now, what a disservice QE did to all those charities patronized by the other royals, who couldn’t get the exposure they needed, lest their royal patron outshine the Queen…… Smh

  8. Becks1 says:

    😂😂😂 Even the DM forgets about Sophie!!! sophie who?

    I do think its funny that Anne made the first post-funeral trip to the US, I’m sure W&K were assuming it would be them for Earthshot.

    • ChewieNYC says:

      Poor Sophie. I think she should actually be getting coverage right now as she’s in the Congo on a solo trip discussing sexual violence and getting support for victims. Something the Royal lightweights couldn’t handle if their lives depended on it.

      • MeganC says:

        She’s gotten a lot of press, especially in UK publications.

      • SueBarbri says:

        I saw that. Sophie is so much better and more natural when she doesn’t have to babysit Edward.

      • abritdebbie says:

        @MeganC – I have not seen anything at all about Sophie in any UK media where I live. I do avoid the Fail and the Scum though. I’ve only just found out about it.

      • Becks1 says:

        Sophie has always done a good job with her royal work, especially her international trips. She’s done several solo trips to African countries, I think she went to turkey last year, etc. She does the bread and butter events at home but even then I think she picks interesting charities and organizations to highlight, including a lot of pro-women ones.

        It’s just sad and unfortunate that she seems to have turned against Meghan the way she has.

      • C says:

        Yeah, I was actually surprised because I follow the Panzi hospital and work of Dr. Denis Mukwege so to see Sophie pop up on their page was jarring. Despite being a thirsty mean girl, I applaud her for this.

  9. Sonia says:

    What’s the point of a royal “working” so much if literally no one care what she does? Isn’t the point of these leeches to get attention for causes?

  10. tamsin says:

    Does anyone know the purpose of Anne’s visit. What were her four engagements? So basically the purpose of the the article was about the Sussexes, and to remind people about their “bombshell” interview?

    • Eurydice says:

      I was just going to say the same thing. What were the several sites and awards?

    • Feeshalori says:

      Anne was invited by our National Lighthouse Museum here on Staten Island and given an honorary chair. It was a very low profile visit where she rode a ferry across NY Harbor. The ferry passengers were even unaware of Anne’s presence on the ferry and disembarked without realizing it. So no hordes of people other than the 125 attendees at the museum. Apparently this visit was in the making for several years but got delayed due to the pandemic. This visit occurred nearly 65 years after her parents came to visit Staten Island. Here’s the write up in our local paper.

  11. Heather C says:

    How can someone be welcomed with open arms when no one knows they were even there? I mean, good for Anne she wasn’t pelted with tomatoes or anything but NY and especially NYC get so many tourists PER DAY that a tourist stop doesn’t really register.

  12. Alexa says:

    Princess Anne was and still is often the rudest one. She’s a smart ass for no reason at times. She does five ten-minute visits per day sometimes and gets a lot of events in like Prince oh King Charles and then takes a bunch of time off. That’s the hardest they work. I saw someone do their hours once and how much they work per year and hers are pitiful too. I don’t think there is a best of in the royal family. She was despised when she was younger for being rude and now she’s older she’s considered no nonsense. She isn’t given the same attention. She’s Prince Philip’s daughter. I remember being younger and seething at her smarting off at old people for innocent questions. It still biases me. I couldn’t stand it. I hope for the best with the young ones. All of Queen Elizabeth’s children are awful. And her daughter Zara can be quite rude as well. I saw Sophie went to Africa or somewhere. Nobody is paying attention to that either.

  13. kyliegirl says:

    Someone on Twitter posted the entries into the court circular and it seems one of the reasons for Anne’s visit was to get money from Americans. They just added a few things to pay for the trip. 🙂 She attended a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Gordenstoun School. The school famous for torturing Charles during his youth, but Anne and both her kids went there. As they say, it is all about the Benjamin’s. $$$

    • EBS says:

      Anne didn’t go to Gordonstoun, they didn’t let girls in until 1972. She went to Benenden (I’m sure she would have loved Gordonstoun though).

  14. girl_ninja says:

    Wasted money, and wasting the time of the New York City DOT and most importantly that big fat carbon footprint just for a damn photo op.

    • ljnd says:

      She didn’t ride a special ferry – she rode a scheduled one that was going to cross anyway, from Manhattan (where she had an event Monday) to Staten Island (where she had an event on Tuesday). So no carbon wasted there.

      Now, as far as the carbon impact on her flight over here, that’s a whole other thing….

      • girl_ninja says:

        Let me clearer. It was wasted money to come to the states, it was wasted time for DOT employees to entertain her. Her carbon footprint is clearly the plane ride here.

        Thanks for the unnecessary correction though.

  15. Patty says:

    I’d be so unsurprised if Pete Davidson is now dating Princess Anne

  16. zebz says:

    Who the hell takes a cross continental trip for 24 hours? What’s even the purpose of that? That is so wasteful for no reason.

  17. L4Frimaire says:

    Why was she there? Don’t recall them saying the purpose of the trip or what the other engagements were about. So she flies all those miles for just 24 hours but nary a word about her carbon footprint or if she flew private or commercial, economy or first class.

    • original penguin says:

      I can’t see her flying economy! But first commercial is usually the way (with last on board first off) they handle these trips

  18. aquarius64 says:

    Boy Sophie must be steaming about being ignored.

  19. bettyrose says:

    If a royal visits the U.S. and no Americans know about it, did it happen? The RF are free to vacation where they like, even better if they can do so without fanfare. But if it’s soft diplomacy shouldn’t there be some fanfare? Or does she just like touring lighthouses and more power to her?

    • original penguin says:

      She does have a thing about lighthouses. Its one of her interests.

      • bettyrose says:

        But she jetted into NYC for a 24 hour visit just to check out a groovy lighthouse? I’m sure there’s more to it, and it’s no big deal it was done without a press release, but let’s say the point was to learn about a specific lighthouse and carry that information to her patronage in Britain, and she did it all low key and super efficiently, really calls into question literally *every other member* of the RF.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Bettyrose, it’s not even a lighthouse, it’s just a small one-floor museum with small lighthouse models and artifacts from old lighthouses. If she wanted to see a actual decommissioned lighthouse, she would have gone to the one here on Lighthouse Hill.

    • Jais says:

      Think it’s as Kaiser says, these trips are becoming photo ops to show the home audience in the UK that the royals are relevant, doing something, and cared about internationally. The reality of what happens on the ground is irrelevant.

  20. Paulkid says:

    Ridiculous, using one of Anne’s oft quoted put downs. Wasteful, self-serving and pointless trip. I am disappointed that a more appropriate honoree couldn’t be used on this side of the pond. I also love Sophie’s visit being forgotten! She is as mean and jealous as the bllodline.

  21. Plums says:

    So she went on a taxpayer funded vacation to New York to hit up an alumni fundraising event?

  22. Over it says:

    I think it’s hilarious that not even the British media remembers that sophie exist. Lol. She really is a fiesta.

  23. Amy says:

    They always have to contextualize using H&M because no one cares. “The first visit [lol sorry Sophie] since H&M left” “The first visit since The Oprah Interview.” They’re so hilariously needy.

  24. Well Wisher says:

    Princesses Anne is the most interesting of all the lot.

  25. jferber says:

    I’m a New Yorker and didn’t hear a word about it. Very covert, I guess, or no big deal to see an elderly woman on a ferry. She would definitely blend in, despite her security. Good for her, I guess.

    • Feeshalori says:

      Not a peep of publicity so no throngs of people to greet her. She was up in the pilot’s house during the trip so didn’t even mix in with the hoi polloi. If she were down in the passenger area among the hundreds of commuters on that ferry, she would not have stood out at all without security.

  26. Greeneyedgirl says:

    I find it kinda neat and interesting that lighthouses are one of Anne’s passions. A friends relative was present at the Lighthouse Museum with Anne and said she was very polite and seemed truly happy to be there. I wonder if Willie and Kate’s heads are imploding because they thought they would be the first royals to come to the USA for “business”. I will say from what I have seen/read Anne seems very passionate about her chosen causes and charities and has a good work ethic unlike some people.

    • equality says:

      W&K don’t need to worry. The BM will forget about Anne’s visit the same way they did Sophie’s.

  27. Miss Owlsyn says:

    Brits or those in the Commonwealth, why is Anne not, I guess, hyped more? She seems lovely and extremely inoffensive, she shows up and doesn’t make an ass of herself. But it seems like no one, even the rest of the royal family, takes any notice of her. A nice older lady who will go to every event and genuinely engage with people, that would be very valuable to the royals right now.

    • Snoodle says:

      All true, but she’s not youngish or fuckable-looking and she doesn’t bother with fashion stuff, therefore the press has no use for her under normal circumstances.

  28. La Cienega. says:

    Anne was “welcomed with open arms by New Yorkers“? Please. Manhattan would eat her alive.

  29. jferber says:

    La Cienaga, You got THAT right.

  30. Annalise says:

    @SQUARED- WHAT negative press?? When was the last time one of the major tabloids in the UK gave Anne decidedly negative press?? Because all the stories about her rudeness are word-of-mouth anecdotes, nothing that is ever described in official write ups. I would LOVE to see Anne’s reaction to a nice, full page Daily Mail article with the headline “Didn’t Her Mother Teach Her Any Manners??” and under that “An ill-mannered Anne leaves greeters ignored and bewildered when she barked orders to her aides after spending only five minutes with the manager of the charity before unceremoniously departing”. And this would just be the intro to the whole, disparaging article. Yes I would VERY much like to see Anne’s ability to avoid “bemoaning negative press” if she were to be faced with but ONE of the types of headline and article Harry & Meghan have been dealing with for years. Because I am loathe to give her credit for the way she deals with negative press that she probably hasn’t gotten in 40 years.