A royal visit

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ver­ena Dobnik

Queen El­iz­a­beth II vis­ited New York on Tues­day, with ap­pear­ances at the United Na­tions, ground zero and the Bri­tish Gar­den of Re­mem­brance, above, built to honor the 67 Bri­tons killed in the Sept. 11 at­tack.

NEW YORK — Queen El­iz­a­beth II spoke to the United Na­tions about stop­ping global dangers, then paid trib­ute to the vic­tims of the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist attacks with a wreath at ground zero and a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing Bri­tish vic­tims in her first visit to New York in more than 30 years.

“We are not here to rem­i­nisce,” the 84-year-old Bri­tish monarch told the world body Tues­day. “In to­mor­row’s world, we must all work to­gether as hard as ever if we are truly to be united na­tions.”

Not even a record high tem­per­a­ture of 102 de­grees, ac­com­pa­nied by a heat ad­vi­sory, kept the monarch from New York’s hal­lowed ground.

She ar­rived at the 16-acre site in lower Man­hat­tan late Tues­day af­ter­noon with her hus­band, Prince Philip. They moved slowly down a slop­ing, wooden walk­way that reaches deep over the con­struc­tion site, with huge cranes hov­er­ing over­head stopped and work­ers on a break for the queen’s visit.

In si­lence, El­iz­a­beth laid a wreath of flow­ers near the foot­print of the trade cen­ter’s south tower. Then the queen faced dozens of fam­ily mem­bers and first re­spon­ders who had lost loved ones as the twin tow­ers col­lapsed on Sept. 11, 2001.

The queen “just was ask­ing me about that day, and how aw­ful it must’ve been,” said Deb­bie Palmer, whose hus­band, bat­tal­ion Fire Chief Orio Palmer, was killed. “She said, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen any­thing in my life as bad as that.’ And I said, ‘Let’s hope we never do again.’”

El­iz­a­beth left the site in a mo­tor­cade to tour the Brit- ish Gar­den of Re­mem­brance, built to honor the 67 Bri­tons killed in the at­tack. She met their fam­i­lies there.

But not ev­ery­one was en­thused about her visit. Ro­man Shus­ter­man held a sign near ground zero that read, “Queen of Bri­tish Petroleum,” the Bri­tish com­pany whose rig ex­plo­sion off the Louisiana coast cre­ated one of the worst dis­as­ters in U.S. his­tory.

“The queen hasn’t said any­thing about it be­cause she thinks she’s too good for us,” said Shus­ter­man, 28.

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Stephen Ch­ernin As­so­ci­ATed Press

Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s visit to New York on Tues­day in­cluded a stop at ground zero, where she left a wreath of flow­ers.

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