Queen marks Woman’s Hour 75th anniversary with heartfelt message

The Queen paid tribute to the BBC Radio 4 show on this special occasion

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The Queen marked the Woman’s Hour 75th anniversary with a special message read out to listeners.

The Queen’s message was shared with BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour listeners on Monday 4th January. The popular show celebrates its 75th year this year and the monarch’s heartfelt tribute was also shared by the Royal Family’s official Twitter account. 

The message was read out for listeners (opens in new tab) by broadcaster Emma Barnett on her first day presenting the historic show. 

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What was the Queen’s Woman’s Hour message?

Reading the Queen’s message to their dedicated listeners, Barnett revealed that the monarch had noted how Woman’s Hour has played its part “in the evolving role of women”. 

The Queen’s message 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.”

How have people reacted to the Queen’s Woman’s Hour message?

The Queen’s message to Woman’s Hour listeners was then shared by the Royal Family’s official Twitter account, bringing Her Majesty’s powerful words to an even greater audience. People were quick to respond, praising the Queen for her heartfelt tribute and commitment. 

One remarked that: ‘Her Majesty has long been a supporter of women and their issues!!’

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Whilst another commented: ‘75th year, great celebration, a very special engagement by our delightful and thoughtful Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II’

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And a fellow Twitter user wrote: ‘Her Majesty made a vow in 1952 to always be devoted to her duties. She has fulfilled that vow and still does today’. 

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The Queen is reportedly still at Windsor Castle (opens in new tab) where she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh celebrated Christmas. With England now experiencing another lockdown, it seems that the royal couple will remain at their Berkshire home at least until the restrictions are lifted. It’s been suggested that the royals carried out half their public engagements via video call last year (opens in new tab)

It seems likely the Queen will continue to spread positivity and support this way as we begin this New Year. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.