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'Christianity as a Living Faith': Queen Elizabeth Honors 'Songs of Praise' Series on 60th Anniversary

YouTube Screenshot: Show Plus More/Songs of Praise
YouTube Screenshot: Show Plus More/Songs of Praise

The BBC's longest-running television series, "Songs of Praise" is celebrating 60 years on air with nearly 3,000 episodes.

The show has attracted viewers throughout the United Kingdom every Sunday with one pretty well-known viewer who likes to tune in as well.

In a pre-recorded message for its anniversary, Britain's Queen Elizabeth congratulated all those involved in the broadcast, saying the program shows "Christianity as a living faith."

"For 60 years Songs Of Praise has drawn together congregations and BBC viewers throughout the United Kingdom in collective worship," the Queen said. "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."

Royal historian, Robert Lacey told People magazine last year that the Queen's Christian faith has been imperative during her reign.

"She sees it in the bigger context of her religious faith and of a God who holds her family in his hands," he told People at the time. "It is the solid and simple faith that sustains the Queen."

The show was created by producer Donald Baverstock in 1961 and continues to reach more than one million viewers each week.

Throughout the years, there have been 270 presenters on the program including Sir Cliff Richard, Charlotte Church, and Sir Harry Secombe. The layout of the show has changed to reflect the changing times.

To highlight the new millennium, more than 65,000 singers performed live at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

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