July 6th, 2010
07:58 PM ET

Queen Elizabeth II makes first U.N. speech since 1957

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday addressed the United Nations for the first time in more than 50 years, saying she has "witnessed great change, much of it for the better" since her previous speech there in 1957.

Later Tuesday, the queen visited ground zero to lay a floral wreath at the site of the September 11, 2001, terror attack. In a separate event in New York City, she cut the ribbon to officially open the Garden of Remembrance for British citizens killed in the attack.

The seven-minute speech to the U.N. General Assembly touched on her first visit decades earlier, when she was a young monarch and the United Nations itself was a young organization.

"When I was first here, there were just three United Nations operations
overseas," the queen noted. "Now over 120,000 men and women are deployed in 26
missions across the world."

She spoke of the importance of leadership and how critical the role of the United Nations continues to be in upholding human rights in the 21st century.

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  1. Susan Wooten

    I don't know who the female anchor's name is or the male who were on John Kings 4:00 pm (pst) yesterday July 6, 2010, but I have to tell you people that I am sick and tired of the MORON'S

    July 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Susan Wooten

    I don't know who the female anchor or the male was on the John King spot 7/6/10 @4pm, (pst)but I have never been so embarassed in my life to here these two Morons laughing at Queen Elizabeth and mocking her and making fun of her clothes. This woman is the Queen of England, not some durunken starlet used to fill up space instead of giving us real news. How dare this pare of rude, unsophisticated, self righteous, uninformed, no talent creeps be so disrecpectful of the Queen. What exactly are their credentials that give them the right to say stupid things like that. I can not believe CNN allowing them to behave this way. Their laughter over each other jokes seemed amusing to them, but it wasn't a bit funny.

    July 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gerard Mc Ardle, Belfast & Drogheda

    A persons cloth is in their clothes; & importance in their bones. What I am trying to say here is that everyone is as important as everyone else, no matter if you're a tramp or a Queen or someone in between the two, which most likely attributes to me & you.

    July 8, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |