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Astronaut Tim Peake attends Queen's dinner party in Windsor

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Media captionTim Peake's message to the Queen

Astronaut Tim Peake, the first Briton to form part of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), has dined with the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Major Peake and his wife Rebecca joined the monarch at her Berkshire home on Monday.

The Queen holds annual "dine and sleep" events as part of her Easter court.

Previous guests have included the director Tim Burton, actress Helena Bonham Carter, Bond star Daniel Craig and actress Rachel Weisz.

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Image caption The astronaut met Prince Charles last year
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Image caption Astronaut Tim Peake was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in December

Space birthday honours

Major Peake, who returned to Earth from a six-month European Space Agency mission in June, corresponded with the Queen while he was in orbit.

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

Major Peake collected the award from the Queen in December.

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, the former Bishop of London the Rt Rev and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, and the head of Eton College Simon Henderson.

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