Queen Elizabeth II, the long-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom as well as the 15 Commonwealth realms (Canada, Australia, etc.), is visiting New York City this afternoon. She has been on a nine-day tour of Canada, and yesterday, she was stuck in the middle of a power outage in Toronto, affecting a state dinner in her honor. The 84-year-old royal will be visiting the United Nations General Assembly today—we hope there are back-up generators there, since NYC is feeling the heat, too.
Her visit takes place this afternoon: Between 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., she will be addressing the General Assembly (for the first time in over 50 years; she's expected to appeal for world unity and peace); meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon; visiting Ground Zero and laying a wreath there; and visiting the British Garden at Hanover Square (which was dedicated by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in 2005).