Queen Elizabeth to address UN, visit Ground Zero

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II opens a brief New York visit Tuesday that includes an address to the UN General Assembly and a visit to Ground Zero of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The British monarch, who arrives in New York from Canada, address the General Assembly for the second time in her reign. She previously made a speech there in 1957.

The queen is scheduled lay a wreath at the site of the destroyed World Trade Center on July 6 with her husband, Prince Philip, according to her official itinerary.

She will meet with relatives of the victims as well as representatives of the police and fire crews who responded to the attack, where Islamist hijackers crashed two airliners into the Twin Towers, killing almost 3,000 people.

Elizabeth is to meet with families of US victims and first responders to the attacks including from the New York Fire Department.

While in New York, the 84-year-old monarch also is to formally open the British Memorial Garden at Hanover Square New York in lower Manhattan, dedicated to the 67 British victims of the World Trade Center attacks.

The queen was to arrive in New York after a nine-day visit to Canada.

© 2010 AFP

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