Queen Elizabeth II plans to address UN General Assembly

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth prepares to record her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth, in the White drawing room at Buckingham Palace in London, December 10, 2009, in this picture released December 23, 2009.

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 25 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Monday welcomed the announcement from Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth II will visit United Nations Headquarters in New York in July.

The British monarch is slated to address the 192-member General Assembly on July 6 for the first time in over 50 years.

As Britain's head of state and 15 other UN member states, the only other time the Queen addressed the General Assembly was in 1957.

A statement issued by Ban's spokesperson said Ban warmly welcome the announcement of the upcoming visit.

"He looks forward to receiving Her Majesty personally on this historic occasion," it said.