Tom Cruise wants to follow in the Duke of Edinburgh’s footsteps and land a helicopter in a London landmark.
he Hollywood A-lister was a special guest at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, introducing the King’s Troop’s Royal Horse Artillery at the Open Air Arena in Windsor.
The 59-year-old actor, best known for action film franchises Top Gun and Mission Impossible, told presenters Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham that the Queen “is a woman I admire a lot”.
He said: “It’s a wonderful, wonderful event. I’m very honored to be here, it’s a real privilege.
“I think she is someone of tremendous dignity and I admire her dedication. What she achieved was historic.
“Presidents, world leaders, people from all walks of life. I think that not only America but the world knows her dignity, devotion and kindness, we have always felt that about her.
“[She is]someone who understands her position and has held her in a story that has been just extraordinary over the past 70 years.”
While speaking backstage with Schofield and Etchingham, Cruise recalled a particular anecdote involving the late Duke, whom he met at a charity event.
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He said: “There was a moment where of course we were talking about pilots, we had to talk about helicopters and he told me the wonderful story of how he brought the first helicopter into Buckingham Palace during the[Queen’s]coronation.
“Fantastic story. I was this close to saying, ‘I’d love to land a helicopter, if you ever need a helicopter, I think I could put it right there.’
“Ever since I was four I wanted to make films and fly airplanes.”
Schofield later replied, “I hope we’ve planted a little seed and you can eventually land a helicopter at Buckingham Palace.
“Let me do it in Trafalgar Square,” Cruise said.
Cruise later introduced what he described as “one of the most riveting, heart-in-your-mouth shows” when he announced a performance by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery live in an open-air arena near Windsor Castle.
He said: “It takes tremendous courage and discipline to do what they are doing, galloping with guns fired in the battles of the First World War, weighing a ton and a half, with no brakes.
“The drive testifies to absolute trust between horse and rider.”
The crowd clapped to the beat of the music while an orchestra played and the horses galloped through the arena.
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