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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.

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Her last stop will be in Lower Manhattan at the British Garden in Hanover Square. The garden is a memorial to British subjects who died on 9/11, and some 50 families of victims will greet the queen during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the site.

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One of the most-traveled government representatives ever, the octogenarian queen is known in the four corners of the globe – from China and Russia to South Africa, Thailand, and dozens of places in between. She has been to the United States six times previously – in 1957, 1959, 1976 (for America’s bicentennial celebration), 1983, 1991, and 2007.

Though Americans just celebrated their Declaration of Independence 234 years ago from the British monarchy, they seem to hold a soft spot in their hearts for this particular royal. Since 1948, Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on Gallup’s annual Top 10 list of most admired women more often than any other – 42 times.

In the most recent poll, in December 2009, the queen was the American public’s sixth most-admired woman, behind Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, talk-show diva Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

“At a time when monarchies are not in fashion she has preserved Britain's own particular brand for future generations by adroitly adapting and modernising the institution to the times,” observes Britannia.com.

Americans, it would seem, agree.

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