Sharing Christ With the Queen and the Common Man

By   •   November 12, 2021

Billy Graham in London newsroom
For more than six decades, the Graham family has shared the Good News of Jesus Christ in London, England. Here, Billy Graham is interviewed at a TV station in 1984. On November 15, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association hosted an evangelism conference in London to encourage believers in the faith. It was also announced there that Franklin Graham will hold a four-city God Loves You Tour across the U.K. next spring.
At the age of 36, Billy Graham held his first Crusade in England’s capital city. Despite initial pushback from the press, he shared the Gospel with more than 2 million people during the three-month outreach.
London's Harringay Arena entrance
Billy Graham preached before record numbers in London's Harringay Arena in 1954.
The following year, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip invited the evangelist to preach in their private chapel at the Royal Lodge.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother with Billy and Ruth Graham
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother welcomed Billy and Ruth to Sandringham, one of their royal residences.
Headlines
Local newspaper headlines in 1955—when Billy Graham held the second of his five Crusades in London.
Billy Graham holding Bible and talking with Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher
Billy Graham and Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher on the way to Wembley.
Billy Graham preaching
The crowd listened raptly as Billy Graham preached in Trafalgar Square in 1954.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan invited Billy Graham to meet with Queen Elizabeth in 1983.
Billy Graham laughs with British people
“Whether the story of Christ is told in a huge stadium, across the desk of a powerful leader, or shared with a golfing companion, it satisfies a common hunger. All over the world, whenever I meet people face-to-face, I am made aware of this personal need among the famous and successful, as well as the lonely and obscure.” —Billy Graham
Billy Graham van
In 2021, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is still sharing the Gospel in London. City church leaders gathered for a free, day-long U.K. Evangelism Summit on November 15, and next spring, Franklin Graham will travel across the U.K. for the God Loves You Tour.