Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has addressed the United Nations for the first time in 53 years.
And instead of competing for the attention of football-loving diplomats, the monarch made her intervention at half time in a World Cup semi-final.
She stressed the changes the UN had seen and the challenges that now lie ahead.
“In my lifetime, the United Nations has moved from being a high-minded aspiration to being a real force for common good. That, of itself, has been a signal achievement,” the Queen told a special session at the assembly hall in New York.
“But we are not gathered here to reminisce. In tomorrow’s world, we must all work together as hard as ever if we are truly to be United Nations.”
The 84-year-old also braved sweltering temperatures in the city to pay tribute to those killed in the World Trade Center attacks, nine years ago. And she opened a Garden of Remembrance to honour the 67 British victims of 9/11.