Queen attends Songs of Praise recording for Scripture Union anniversary

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The Queen was the special guest for a special Songs of Praise episode marking a Christian charity’s milestone.

The programme, due to be aired on Sunday, commemorates the 150 years of the Scripture Union.

Wearing a fuchsia ensemble, the Queen joined a congregation of friends and supporters of the organisation to mark its work encouraging children and young people to explore their faith.

The Queen joined a congregation of friends and supporters of the organisation (Victoria Jones/PA)
The Queen joined a congregation of friends and supporters of the organisation (Victoria Jones/PA)

The pre-recorded event, hosted by singer Katherine Jenkins, featured readings by Baroness Floella Benjamin.

The Queen, who has a strong faith which she often reflects upon in her annual Christmas address to the nation and Commonwealth, sat at the head of the congregation.

The Rev Tim Hastie-Smith, national director of the Scripture Union, said: “It was absolutely brilliant the Queen was able to join us, the fact that she found the time to be with us this afternoon, with a whole load of children and people celebrating God’s love, is an incredible thrill.”

:: Songs of Praise airs on BBC One, on Sunday 14 at 4.30pm.

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