The Queen has issued a rare personal message of congratulations to BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour on the occasion of the programme’s 75th anniversary.
Her Majesty, who is known to be an avid listener of the show, wished Women’s Hour “continued success in your important work as a friend, guide and advocate to women everywhere.”
The Queen’s message came on the day that broadcaster Emma Barnett began her first day as the programmes presenter after taking over from Dame Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey last year.
In her message which was read out to listeners, the monarch said: “As you celebrate your 75th year, it is with great pleasure that I send my best wishes to the listeners and all those associated with Woman’s Hour.
“During this time, you have witnessed and played a significant part in the evolving role of women across society, both here and around the world.
“In this notable anniversary year, I wish you continued success in your important work as a friend, guide and advocate to women everywhere.”
It is unusual for The Queen to send messages of congratulations such as the one she penned for Women’s Hour.
First airing in 1946, Women’s Hour is consist of reports, interviews and debates aimed at women and mothers.
The show regularly attracts 3.7 million weekly listeners and is the second most popular daily podcast across BBC Radio