Tom Cruise has said he’s looking forward to appearing alongside a star-studded cast in an equestrian extravaganza to honor the Queen’s 70-year reign.
The Hollywood A-lister was also positive about the weather for the open-air show, which is taking place near Windsor Castle, which was dogged by showers, saying it will be “dry” for the Queen.
Singer Katherine Jenkins described attending the platinum anniversary celebration, titled A Gallop Through History, as a “great honor” and said it was an opportunity to show the monarch “our deep gratitude” for her decades of service.
Looking tanned and relaxed, Cruise strode past spectators at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where the performance takes place, but when spotted she happily posed for selfies.
Dame Helen Mirren – who once again plays a Queen of England – is among the entertainers preparing to perform at the first major event to mark the Queen’s 70th reign.
Organizers hope the Queen will attend the celebration, which chronicles the history of the crown through the ages, with horses from around the world playing a starring role.
When asked by the PA news agency if he was looking forward to the show, where he is expected to announce an element of the performance, Cruise replied “absolutely”.
The showground got wet from showers during the day, but he added: “It will be dry for the Queen.”
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Jazz singer Gregory Porter was also spotted making his way backstage, joking that he hadn’t met the Queen and was just “waving”.
Jenkins, who will sing at the end of the show, told the PA: “So amazing to be a part of the platinum anniversary celebrations kicking off tonight.
“It is of course a great honor to be invited to sing for Her Majesty at any time, but I think especially for tonight’s show.
“I’m a big fan of hers. I think she’s so incredible, such a great role model and it’s nice to have the opportunity to all come together and show our deep gratitude for everything she’s done for the country and the Commonwealth.”
Comedian Omid Djalili, who will play a character called The Herald as part of Sunday night’s performance, said it was a “true honor” to perform.
He said he believes the event is likely to inspire pride among everyone from Royalists to Republicans due to people’s admiration for the Queen.
He told PA: “I think anyone who watches this show, even if they’re a staunch Republican or a Royalist, will be proud to be British.
“And I think there’s no denying it, you know, especially after you’ve seen The Crown, you can’t feel affection for a woman who came to the throne and then said, ‘I promise how long I live is long or short that I will serve my people and my country’ and the fact that she did that even when those around her were misbehaving, she was very steadfast and very loyal to her
“So from a human perspective, you have to respect that — that she did everything she said she did for the last 70 years.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/tom-cruise-looking-forward-to-appearing-in-show-honouring-queens-reign-41652498.html Tom Cruise is looking forward to appearing on the show honoring the Queen’s reign