NYC anglophiles anxiously await queen

July 6, 2010

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NEW YORK — One clue that New Yorkers were going a little royalty-crazy was when someone stopped Tony Packwood on a city bus, after hearing his British accent, to ask if he was here to see the queen.

“Why would I come here to see the queen?’’ he marveled yesterday at the British food shop where he works in Manhattan.

Customers coming to Carry on Tea & Sympathy have been asking about Queen Elizabeth II’s upcoming trip to New York City, her first in 34 years. Though her visit is scheduled to last just five hours, her arrival this morning has some anglophiles aflutter.

“The Americans seem to be a lot more psyched than the English,’’ said Packwood, a Liverpool native, surrounded by shelves of specialty teas, Cadbury chocolates, and ornate teapots.

A British flag tea cozy and a mosaic depicting the queen hang nearby.

“We’re kind of brought up with it — it’s not that big an event. But you guys love it,’’ he said. “We see her every day on our money.’’

Some New York residents were hoping to catch a glimpse of the 84-year-old monarch, who will be visiting ground zero for the first time and making her first address in more than half a century to the UN General Assembly.

Law student Joey Pegram of Brooklyn said she wished she could see the queen. She did catch a royal peek when the monarch’s grandson Prince Harry was in New York last month to play a charity polo match.

Pegram arrived hours before the match, and ended up with a front-row view when the prince took a tumble from his horse. top stories on Twitter

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