Prince Edward is pictured with TV stars as he receives a special award to celebrate the Queen.

Prince Edward attended a star-studded event at London’s Claridge’s Ballroom to grace the cover of Radio Times last 12 months. The Earl of Wessex, the late Queen’s youngest son, received two commemorative covers on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Radio Times at the annual event.

The late Queen has appeared on the cover of Radio Times 53 times, more than anyone else in Radio Times’ 100-year history, including 10 times as Princess Elizabeth, and 43 times during her 70-year reign.

Two commemorative covers include the first cover of Princess Elizabeth in October 1940 and the Radio Times Platinum Jubilee cover in May 2022 featuring the monarch by David Bailey.

Host Kirsty Young presented Edward with a special blanket.

Speaking before the presentation, he said: “This year marks the 100th anniversary of Radio Times. During this century, Britain and the world have changed, at times irrevocably, but during this time one thing has remained constant.

“Elizabeth II was the first monarch of the television era. He mastered the medium so well that in the last year of his life he was just as comfortable swinging Paddington Bear as he was delivering the Christmas message … “.

“In 2011, when the then director general of the BBC presented Queen Elizabeth with a framed presentation of all the Radio Times magazine covers, she said she was struck by the impact they had made not only on major occasions but also on her family’s life.

“He was said to be an avid TV watcher and a reader of the Radio Times, according to a photo once used in a magazine.

“I had the privilege of doing a show for the BBC in September, and as we stopped televising the funeral, I remarked, ‘The Queen has made history.’ He was history,” and we are lucky that his entire reign is captured on film and in many memorable and defining images for us to enjoy for generations to come. »

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Hosted by Sir Lenny Henry, the event featured cover stars from across the decades as Radio Times prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in September.

Past stars include Monty Python’s Sir Michael Palin, Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson, Wimbledon and Sports quiz presenter Sue Barker, Peter Davison and Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat, Ha I Got News for You regulars Paul Merton and Ian There was Hislop, host Angela Rippon. and Sir Lenny Henry, Richard Curtis and Emma Freud for their work for Comic Relief.

Guests include Ashley Jensen, Diane Morgan, Lizzy Yarnold, Jo Whiley, Warren Brown, Professor Brian Cox, Jenny Agutter, Heidi Thomas, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Dame Denise Lewis, Douglas Henshall, Alison O’, Nadiya O’ 2022 there was also a star. Buchkova, Richie Anderson, James Bye, Damian Lewis, Dafne Keen and Louis Theroux, plus the Call the Midwife cast and Great British Bake Off contestants.

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Radio Times was founded by the BBC on 28 September 1923 and is the world’s oldest radio and television listings publication.

It has documented all the great moments in British broadcasting and society over the past 100 years, including the birth of radio and television, the Second World War, the Queen’s coronation, the moon landing and the advent of color television.

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