Queen Elizabeth II and NYC: a retrospective
Queen Elizabeth II took a chunk out of the Large Apple thrice throughout her unprecedented 70 years on the throne.
Britain’s longest-reigning monarch — who died Thursday on the age of 96 — first visited New York Metropolis in 1957 at 31.
Elizabeth, then simply 5 years into her reign, took a practice from Washington, DC to Staten Island along with her husband Prince Philip and rode to Manhattan on an Military ferry.
She laid eyes on a newly constructed reproduction of the Mayflower within the New York Harbor, and headed to Metropolis Corridor the place throngs of New Yorkers lined the streets for a ticker tape parade in her honor all the best way as much as the Waldorf-Astoria in Midtown.
The younger monarch additionally addressed the United Nations and took within the view from the highest of the Empire State Constructing.
The royal couple returned to New York in 1976 for the bi-centennial celebration, and went to Trinity Church to gather the financial institution lease owed to the crown — 279 peppercorns.
William III of England had granted the church its constitution in 1697 for the lease of 1 peppercorn per yr. However the church by no means paid, the New York Occasions reported at the time.
Elizabeth additionally took a visit to Bloomingdale’s, the place she admired the wares of the division retailer.
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The queen “didn’t select Saks, and he or she didn’t select Bergdorf — she selected Bloomingdale’s,” the shop’s impresario Marvin Traub as soon as enthused in an interview with The Publish.
Her Majesty steered away from the 5 boroughs for greater than three a long time earlier than returning for what could be a remaining go to in 2010, throughout which she as soon as once more addressed the UN and laid flowers on the 9/11 Memorial.
Elizabeth impressively didn’t break a sweat amid the 103-degree warmth on the World Commerce Heart web site, and made an excellent impression on these paying their respects.
“She’s a very nice woman,” stated one 9/11 relative.
The queen and Philip additionally toured the British Backyard at Hanover Sq. with then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, devoted to the 67 British victims of 9/11.
British ex-pats residing in New York flocked to the West Village Thursday to mourn the monarch.
Memorials have been assembled at British themed eating places Tea and Sympathy and A Salt and Battery and England-themed grocery retailer Myers of Keswick.