Monarch’s statement is read out by presenter Emma Barnett during her first edition of the BBC Radio 4 show

The Queen has described Woman’s Hour as a “friend, guide and advocate to women everywhere” in a message sent to the BBC Radio 4 programme in its 75th anniversary year.

In a statement read out by Emma Barnett on her first show as presenter after succeeding Jane Garvey and Dame Jenni Murray, the Queen – who was 20 years old when the Radio 4 mainstay was first broadcast in October 1946 – sent “best wishes to the listeners and all those associated with the show”. She added: “I wish you continued success in your important work.”

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