Port Authority official honored by Queen Elizabeth II reflects on her response to 9/11

NEW YORK — Queen Elizabeth II has witnessed and participated in so many stories during her long life and reign, and as we prepare to commemorate the 21st anniversary of 9/11, we look back at how Elizabeth reacted to the attacks.

CBS2’s Tony Aiello spoke with Glenn Guzi, who accompanied the Queen on her only visit to Ground Zero.

It was her third and final visit to New York in 2010. Guzi, a Port Authority official, was Elizabeth’s tour guide at Ground Zero.

“She was bright and curious. She knew how to make anyone feel comfortable in her presence, but she was just a very warm and interested person,” he said.

“What was his mood about his visit there? What do you remember about that day?” Aiello said.

“Both she and Prince Philip were very curious about what our challenges were… Really focusing on the human side of our challenges and the human side of the impact it had on New York and the country,” said Guzi.

The attacks killed nearly 100 of her subjects and clearly deeply affected the Queen, who broke protocol in 2001 by ordering the Star-Spangled Banner to be sung at a service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London and at the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. .

“For this respect to be returned to the United States on such a dark day for the United States, I think it’s extremely important and indicative of the person she was,” Guzi said.

Guzi escorted many royals visiting the site and attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace with the Queen.

“She and all of her family, including the current King Charles, have always had a deep appreciation for New York,” Guzi said.

She clearly liked Guzi, including him on her 2016 honors list. He received an MBE award for his services to UK-US relations.

“Just will always be eternally grateful to someone who allowed me to get to know her a little more,” Guzi said.

Her connection to New York and her grief over the attacks are rooted in Lower Manhattan in a park she dedicated in 2010 – the Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden.

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