The day began with a visit to Ground Zero, where The King and Queen, together with the King and Queen of Norway, the Danish Crown Princess Couple and the Presidents of Finland and Iceland, were given a tour of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The memorial was dedicated on 11 September 2011, and consists of a green area and two large pools of water where World Trade Center 1 and 2 once stood. The memorial was created by the architects Michael Arad and Peter Walker. The King also laid a bouquet of white roses at the Survivor Tree, a pear tree close to the World Trade Center that survived the attack on 11 September 2001, and which continues to grow next to the memorial as a symbol of survival.
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The King and Queen then made their way to the UN Headquarters, where they met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. They were accompanied on the visit by Sweden's UN Ambassador, Mårten Grunditz.
Following discussions with Ban Ki-moon, The King and Queen were given a tour of the UN Headquarters.
In the evening, The King and Queen and Princess Madeleine attended a gala dinner to mark the centenary of the American Scandinavian Foundation. The dinner was also attended by the King and Queen of Norway, the Danish Crown Princess Couple and the Presidents of Finland and Iceland.