LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth II was among nearly 2,000 people who turned out to hear a sermon by American evangelist Billy Graham at a church at the royal estate of Sandringham.
Six members of the royal family -- the queen, the duke of Edinburgh, Queen Mother Elizabeth, the duke and duchess of Kent and their son Lord Nicholas Windsor -- and 130 estate workers watched Graham preach Sunday from a silver pulpit donated 60 years ago by American businessman Rodman Wanamaker in the 14th Century St. Mary Magdalene Church.
About 1,800 onlookers braved bitter winds outside to hear the 25-minute address.
Graham took Psalm 23 as his text and spoke of belief and love of God in overcoming personal and national problems. His wife Ruth also attended and the Grahams later lunched at Sandringham House, on the queen's country estate in eastern England.
Graham is an old friend of the royal family and first met the queen in 1955 when he preached at the private chapel in Windsor. He has lunched with the queen whenever he has been in Britain. His last visit was in 1967.
Graham, 65, said preaching before the royal family meant 'the same as preaching anywhere in the world because, wherever I go I preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God and I always have to preach in front of the King of Kings, Lord of lords.'
Graham starts his Mission England campaign in May, during which he will preach at football stadiums throughout England.