Tom Cruise found himself mobbed by fans as he arrived at The Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations in Windsor on Sunday. The Top Gun actor, 59, who will be taking part in the special event, looked relaxed in an all navy ensemble and flashed his famous smile as he arrived for the special evening.
While his role in the proceedings are not yet known, the evening will see performers come together to celebrate the Monarch’s remarkable 70-years on the throne. Tom found himself surrounded by eager fans as he made his way into Windsor’s annual horse show, which serves at the venue for Sunday’s celebration.
The Mission Impossible actor looked stylish in a dark navy sports jacket which he layered over a figure hugging V-neck T-shirt. The action star also wore slim fitting jeans, slipping his feet into a pair of tawny lace up boots. Tom wore his salt and pepper locks in a relaxed style, slicked back from his handsome face. The proud scientologist was escorted through the crowd by security, as he fist bumped and waved to the thralls of waiting fans.
This comes after Alan Titchmarsh, 73, who will host a segment of Sunday’s broadcast, recently laughed off being upstaged by the Hollywood hunk. A Royal source said: ‘He was joking, of course, but that’s precisely why the Queen is so fond of Alan Titchmarsh’s shows, it’s his sense of humour. ‘They were quite nervous about telling him, but at least he was pleased to be described as a ‘gardening A-lister’.’
The unlikely duo have top billing for the first major TV event of the Platinum Jubilee celebrating the Queen’s 70 years on the Throne – a live broadcast from the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham during the celebratory evening, the illustrious film star said: ‘It’s a wonderful event; it’s an honour to be here. It’s a privilege.’
Continuing his praise, the Top Gun icon gushed: ‘Presidents, world leaders, people of all walks of life, not just in America but the world, knows dignity and devotion and kindness something I’ve always felt about her.’ Tom revealed a previous brush with royalty during the interview, as he recalled when he met the Duke Of Edinburgh, Prince Philip revealed he’d been the first person to land a helicopter at Buckingham Palace.
The gala will feature more than 1,300 performers, 500 horses, children’s choirs, a 75-piece orchestra and stars from stage and screen. Different eras of British history will be enacted onstage as part of the show. Dame Helen Mirren, who has played both Queen Elizabeths on TV and film, will be reprising her role as the Tudor Monarch.
Adjoa Andoh, who plays Lady Danbury in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton, will also have a role, as will Homeland actor Damian Lewis and Martin Clunes, who plays Doc Martin in the ITV drama. There will be musical performances from Keala Settle, the singer and actress from The Greatest Showman film, and opera singer Katherine Jenkins.
Ahead of the gala, Mr Titchmarsh, whose TV career spans almost 40 years, said: ‘Tom Cruise and I are not a natural pairing, but I’m all for breaking the mould. It has raised a few eyebrows and given rise to a few comments, but it has also raised the profile of the event. I just want to get out there and do a good job and I’m sure Tom Cruise feels the same.’
Mr Cruise will have his Royal favour repaid this week when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the UK premiere of his new film, Top Gun: Maverick, in London.A source close to tonight’s programme said: ‘We were lucky that Tom Cruise happened to be in town and he was keen to get involved. It adds a different element to the fun of it all.’
Organisers are hoping, however, that Top Gun star will be upstaged with an appearance by the Queen, who is the guest of honour but who has cut back on public events due to mobility issues.