Queen Elizabeth II has congratulated “all those involved” in BBC’s long-running TV sequence “Songs of Praise” because it celebrates practically 3,000 episodes on its sixtieth anniversary.

“For 60 years, ‘Songs of Praise’ has drawn together congregations and BBC viewers throughout the United Kingdom in collective worship,” the reigning monarch stated in a pre-recorded message for a particular episode of the present on Sunday, as quoted by The Telegraph.

“During that time, the program has shown Christianity as a living faith not only through hymns and worship songs but also by featuring the many people who have put their faith at the center of their lives,” the 95-year-old shared.


“I congratulate ‘Songs of Praise’ and all those involved in the program on its 60th anniversary,” the queen added.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shared a pre-recorded message honoring BBC's ‘Songs of Praise.’

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II shared a pre-recorded message honoring BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise.’
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The sequence, which continues to achieve multiple million viewers every week, was created by producer Donald Baverstock, Yahoo! Entertainment reported. The first airing occurred in 1961 at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cardiff. According to the outlet, the airing was an in a single day success and reached as many as 12 million individuals on some Sundays.

“She sees it in the bigger context of her religious faith and of a God who holds her family in his hands,” he instructed the outlet on the time. “It is the solid and simple faith that sustains the queen.”