Queen Elizabeth II and NYC: A Retrospective


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

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

Elizabeth, then just five years into her reign, took a train from Washington, D.C. to Staten Island with her husband Prince Philip and traveled to Manhattan on an Army ferry.

She laid eyes on a newly built replica of the Mayflower in New York Harbor and made her way to City Hall where crowds of New Yorkers lined the streets for a ticker tape parade in her honor until at the Waldorf-Astoria in Midtown.

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

The royal couple returned to New York in 1976 for the bicentenary celebration and visited Trinity Church to collect bank rent due to the crown – 279 peppercorns.

Queen Elizabeth II addresses the United Nations General Assembly on July 6, 2010 in New York City.
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William III of England had granted the church its charter in 1697 in exchange for the rental of a grain of pepper per year. 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 department store’s merchandise.


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

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh laughs with then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2010.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh laughs with then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2010.
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Her Majesty avoided the five boroughs for more than three decades before returning for what would be a final visit in 2010, during which she again addressed the UN and laid flowers at the 9/11 Memorial .

Amazingly, Elizabeth didn’t break a sweat amid the 103-degree heat at the World Trade Center site and made an impression on those paying their respects.

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

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

Queen Elizabeth II watches the Royal Family's visit to New York in 1957.
Queen Elizabeth II watches the Royal Family’s visit to New York 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 collected at British-themed restaurants Tea and Sympathy and A Salt and Battery and English-themed grocery store Myers of Keswick.

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