Queen Was Touched on Leg by Russian Cosmonaut to ‘Make Sure She Was Real’

Queen Elizabeth II was stroked on the leg by the first human to travel to space in a breach of royal protocol, according to a biography.

The Monarch, now 96, met Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin for breakfast at Buckingham Palace in 1961 during a worldwide tour after his historic voyage beyond the earth’s atmosphere.

However, Gagarin’s behaviour in the presence of royalty may have seemed a little out of this world when he stroked his host just above the knee, according to new royal book The Queen.

Serialized in the Daily Mail, the book read: “After the initial introductions, Gagarin—a former…

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