QUEEN Elizabeth's nine-day visit to Canada received scant attention in the British press and her brief stop in New York on the way home only a little more. She made a speech at the United Nations and visited the Ground Zero Twin Towers memorial site in Lower Manhattan. The staunchly republican New York Times carried a delightful short report on the Queen's visit. Excerpts: “Her Majesty swept into town in the baking hours of the early afternoon and was gone by early evening, a tantalisingly concise blip of a royal visit. It was not even queen for a day, but five hours of her presence nonetheless managed to infuse a drowsy, blisteringly hot summer afternoon with a jolt of magic...The small white-haired monarch, wearing a flowered suit and white gloves and with an elegant silk hat on her head stepped out of her car at just 5.10pm in the still-pulsating heat that had reached 103 degrees in Central Park, a whisper of wind riffling the air...Not a bead of sweat on her face, ELizabeth solemnly laid a wreath in remembrance of lost lives...Just before 6pm, she climbed back into her car and just like that the Queen was gone.”

The New York Times is a stickler for accuracy. In one of its reports it got wrong the date on which Queen Elizabeth was crowned. The next day a correction stated that she was “coronated” in June 1953.


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