The Queen and Russia: From Gagarin to Putin

Elizabeth II met with three Soviet leaders, one Russian leader and many celebrities during her long reign.

After ascending the British throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II had many meetings with prominent foreign leaders and others. Over the years, she also had the opportunity to become acquainted with Russia, having both received the country’s dignitaries and even once paid a state visit herself.

Those occasions did not necessarily follow strict royal protocol to a ‘T’, as RT explains. 

FILE PHOTO. Yuri Gagarin, Queen Elizabeth II and his London visit in July 1961.

©  The Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland




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