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Queen Elizabeth may meet the first woman in space

During her 60 plus years on the throne, The Queen has met people from all walks of life, careers, countries, ethnicities, cultures and accomplishments. She has met numerous heads of state, fellow monarchs, presidents, dictators, and other controversial individuals. 2017 has been declared the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education, and though Buckingham Palace has yet to provide confirmation, The Queen may meet with the first woman in space, Russian cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova.

Buckingham Palace only stated regarding the meeting: “The Queen’s schedule will be confirmed in due course,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told TASS. Though, earlier on Wednesday, Russian State Duma Speaker, Vyacheslav Volodin said a meeting between the monarch and first woman in space could take place in March.

Tereshkova is a Duma parliamentarian. According to Volodin, the lower house received “a request from the director of the Science Museum, London, Ian Blatchford, with an initiative to hold an exhibition on 13-16 March devoted to the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova.”

“He also working on the issue of a meeting of Valentina Vladimirovna (Tereshkova) with Queen Elizabeth II,” according to Volodin.

Valentina Tereshkova in 2016. Photo: A.Savin (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Next month, the Science Museum in London will hold a concert to honour the 80th birthday of Dr Valentina Tereshkova. This will be an evening of music and film presented concurrently by the museum and the ArtPointFoundation.

A movie recounting her life, which was specially commissioned ‘Legend of Valentina,’ will be accompanied by the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and acclaimed virtuoso violinist, Dmitri Kogan.

Following the concert and film will be a drinks reception with Dr Tereshkova. Guests may also view the display at the museum dedicated to her work ‘Valentina Tereshkova: FirstWomanInSpace.’ Tickets for the event may be purchased online.

There is no reason why The Queen wouldn’t meet Dr Tereshkova. Royal Central will stay on top of the story and will update when more information becomes available.