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Queen Elizabeth II to address UN General Assembly, visit ground zero

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will be in New York on Tuesday. The British monarch is set to address the UN for the second time in her 57-year reign.

Queen Elizabeth II watches the 151st Queen's Plate horse race during her visit to Canada today. Tomorrow, she will be in New York.

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Queen Elizabeth II will visit the United States Tuesday for the seventh time in her 57-year reign as Britain’s monarch, addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York and touring the partially reconstructed site at ground zero.

The first time the queen visited New York – in 1957, just four years into her reign – “Leave It to Beaver” was making its American television debut, President Eisenhower had recently ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Ark., to enforce desegregation of Central High School, and the Soviet Union had just launched Sputnik.

Her address to the United Nations then “highlighted the U.N.'s importance and expressed her wish that it would carry out the ideals set out in its founding charter,” according to a CBS News report. The UN at the time was barely a decade old.

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