During a brief visit Tuesday, the monarch pays a visit to ground zero and addresses the United Nations

By People Staff
Updated July 07, 2010 10:00 AM
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It was her first visit to New York City in 34 years – and it was a brief one.

On Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth II breezed into the Big Apple for a few hours, but she had a full itinerary, with stops by the United Nations and Ground Zero.

During her eight minute address to the U.N., her first since 1957, Elizabeth, 84, praised the organization, calling it a “real force for common good.”

Then, it was over to Ground Zero, where she paid her respects to those who died in the bombings of the World Trade Center in 2001. The Queen, who was accompanied by husband Prince Philip, 89, also visited a garden memorial in Hanover Square memorializing to the British men and women who died in the 9/11 attacks.

An evanescent presence whose exact itinerary wasn’t disclosed to the public, Elizabeth also met with New York Gov. David Paterson, New Jersey’s Gov. Christopher Christie and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

By 6 p.m. – after braving 100-degree temperatures – the Monarch was back in her car and headed to the airport, en route to England.