Queen Elizabeth Jokes About Meeting Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin

The Queen has taken part in a video call with scientists and school children to mark British Science Week.

During the call, Queen Elizabeth II was asked what it was like to meet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (in 1961), to which she answered simply: “Russian”.

“He didn’t speak English… he was fascinating. And I suppose being the first one [to go into space] it was particularly fascinating”.

NASA’s Mars Perseverance mission and the discovery of a meteorite in Gloucestershire were also discussed.

British Science Week runs from March 5 to March 14. Credit: The Royal Family via Storyful