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While it was an honor to meet Prince Andrew, Duke of York, it was a thrill to shake hands and speak with Capt. Chesley Sullenberger after he received the Lloyd’s Gold Medal for Saving Life last night during the London market’s annual New York City all-star dinner. (“Sully” is to the left, Prince Andrew in the center, and Lord Peter Levene, Lloyd’s chair, to the right.) 

Prince Andrew–who serves as as the United Kingdom’s special representative for international trade and investment–presented “Sully” with his medal for safely landing his U.S. Airways passenger jet in the Hudson River on Jan. 15 when a bird strike caused engines to stall right after takeoff.

I told the captain I very much appreciated his landing his damaged aircraft in the water, rather than on top of my Hoboken office building, which is a block from the river.

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