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queen of England to tour ground zero next month

According to the Associated Press, Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to visit the former World Trade Center site July 6 as part of her upcoming North American tour to pay tribute to the 2,982 lives lost on 9/11, including the 67 British victims.

This will be the queen’s first visit to the site, also known as Ground Zero and the site of the 9/11 Memorial, which will open September 11, 2011.  The queen's visit comes on the same day she will address the United Nations.  The queen will be accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. 

The queen’s son, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, visited Ground Zero in 2005.  Prince Harry, the son of Prince Charles, visited last year and laid a wreath on the site during a charity event.

The queen’s visit to New York will follow a weeklong tour of Canada, and it will be her first trip to New York since 1976.

By Meghan Walsh, Communications Associate for the 9/11 Memorial