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Queen Elizabeth II and NYC: a retrospective

Queen Elizabeth II has been bitten by the Big Apple three times during her unprecedented 70 years on the throne.

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch – who died on Thursday aged 96 – first visited New York City in 1957, aged 31.

Elizabeth, then just five years into her reign, took a train from Washington, DC to Staten Island with her husband, Prince Philip, and boarded an Army Ferry to Manhattan.

She spotted a newly built Mayflower replica in New York Harbor and headed to City Hall, where crowds of New Yorkers lined the streets to celebrate a confetti parade up to the Waldorf-Astoria in Midtown in her honor.

The young monarch also addressed the United Nations and enjoyed the view from the top of the Empire State Building.

The royal couple returned to New York in 1976 for the Bicentennial celebration and went to Trinity Church to collect bank rent owed to the Crown – 279 peppercorns.

Queen Elizabeth II addresses the United Nations General Assembly July 6, 2010 in New York City.
Queen Elizabeth II addresses the United Nations General Assembly July 6, 2010 in New York City.
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William III of England had lent the Church her charter for the rent of a peppercorn a year in 1697. But the church never paid, the New York Times reported at the time.

Elizabeth also took a trip to Bloomingdale’s, where she admired the store’s wares.


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The Queen “didn’t choose Saks, and she didn’t choose Bergdorf — she chose Bloomingdale’s,” gushed the store’s impresario, Marvin Traub, once in an interview with The Post.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh share a laugh with then-Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg in 2010.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh share a laugh with then-Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg in 2010.
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Her Majesty stayed away from the five precincts for more than three decades before returning for a final visit in 2010, during which she again addressed the United Nations and laid flowers at the 9/11 Memorial.

Impressively, Elizabeth didn’t break a sweat in the 103-degree heat on the World Trade Center grounds and made a good impression on those who paid her respects.

“She’s a really nice lady,” said a 9/11 relative.

The Queen and Philip also toured the British Garden in Hanover Square with then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, dedicated to the 67 British victims of 9/11.

Queen Elizabeth II looks on as she and the royal family tour New York City in 1957.
Queen Elizabeth II looks on as she and the royal family tour New York City in 1957.
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British expats living in New York flocked to the West Village on Thursday to mourn the monarch.

Memorials have been erected at the British themed restaurants Tea and Sympathy and A Salt and Battery, and the English grocery store Myers of Keswick.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/08/queen-elizabeth-ii-and-nyc-a-retrospective/ Queen Elizabeth II and NYC: a retrospective

JACLYN DIAZ

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