Britain’s first ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, has sent The Queen a thank you message from the International Space Station today. Royal news.
In a minute-long video broadcast live from space, Tim Peake said he was ‘honoured’ to receive a message from The Queen and ‘humbled’ to represent both the UK and Europe onboard the ISS.
Her Majesty sent Major Peake a message last month, shortly after his launch into space: “Prince Philip and I are pleased to transmit our best wishes to Major Timothy Peake as he joins the International Space Station in orbit.
“We hope that Major Peake’s work on the Space Station will serve as an inspiration to a new generation of scientists and engineers.”
Mr Peake, a former British Army Air Corps officer, spoke of his affection for his homeland saying “it’s incredible to be able to look at the British Isles for the first time from space.”
He also said he hoped to be an example of how “international collaboration and brave endeavour can change our world for the better”, as the UK’s first astronaut.
The message was given in front of the Union flag.
“So thank you again for your well wishes, ma’am. I hope I can bring the country together to celebrate Britain in space and our great tradition of scientific exploration.
“I’m not sure that this has ever been said in space before,” the 43-year-old said. “So I’ll be the first: God save the Queen!”
Tim Peake, also an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, is spending six months on the International Space Station. Watch the full message below.