Queen hosts space star Tim at favourite castle

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ASTRONAUT Tim Peake has dined with the Queen.

Major Peake, who became the first Briton to form part of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), and his wife Rebecca joined Her Majesty at her favourite home Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, on Monday evening.

Tim Peake

Tim Peake

The Queen takes up official residence at Windsor for a month each spring for Easter Court when she hosts dinner parties – often for famous guests who in the past have included director Tim Burton, actress Helena Bonham Carter, Bond star Daniel Craig and actress Rachel Weisz.

Known as ‘dine and sleep’ events, guests are also given a bed for the night.

The University of Portsmouth alumnus, of Westbourne, who returned to Earth from a historic six-month European Space Agency mission in June, corresponded with the Queen while he was in orbit.

The astronaut became the first person to deliver a ‘God save the Queen’ message directly to the monarch from space when he addressed the Queen in a video message live from the ISS after she sent him her own wishes.

He was also made a CMG – Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George – in the Queen’s birthday honours, making him the first person to be honoured while in space.

Among others listed in the Court Circular as attending the soiree with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were the Belgian ambassador, the Brazilian ambassador and the former Bishop of London.