The BBC recently had the good fortune of having Britain's reigning monarch attend the opening of its rebuilt Broadcasting House in London.
Queen Elizabeth II's visit was carried live by the BBC on its television and radio stations, as well as its website. Her appearance at the official opening ceremony served to give the event a Royal seal of approval, and she was escorted at the event by BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten and BBC director general Tony Hall.
Appearing on BBC Radio 4 and BBC News, the Queen said she was amazed at the "sheer pace of change" at the BBC since her coronation in 1953.
This was the Queen's sixth overall visit to the Broadcasting House, but the first since the BBC extensively renovated it and brought it into the 21st century. It now serves as the home location to nine radio networks, three around-the-clock TV news networks and all of the BBC's main news bulletins. Nearly 6,000 employees in all work out of the location. Staff members from across the BBC's spectrum lined up to pay their respects during her visit.
She toured BBC Radio One's Live Lounge during her stop, where she was treated to a performance by The Script.
In addition to the BBC covering the event, other U.K. broadcasters picked up on it as well. Experts were not sure if she would attend the event after her husband, Prince Phillip, was admitted to a clinic yesterday for a planned operation. He is expected to be in the hospital for up to two weeks.
This is the fourth time in two years that the 91-year-old Philip has been hospitalized.