The Queen was honored with a standing ovation as her platinum jubilee celebrations kicked off with a star-studded horse show featuring some of the world’s greatest performers.
Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Dame Helen Mirren – again playing a Queen of England – led the cast of performers who took part in the first major event to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign.
The audience rose to cheers and cheers as the monarch arrived in the arena near Windsor Castle for the musical and theatrical spectacle through the centuries called A Gallop Through History.
The event was organized by the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which has been welcoming spectators for three days, including the Queen, who spent part of Friday touring the show grounds after missing the official opening of parliament.
Despite continuing mobility issues, the Queen walked to her seat in the Royal Box after being led into the castle arena escorted by mounted divisions of the Household Cavalry.
She was joined by the Earl and Countess of Wessex for the show which reflected her lifelong passion for horses. A tri-service honor guard comprising the Coldstream Guards, the RAF Regiment and the Royal Navy was in place for his arrival, which was signaled by the national anthem played by military musicians.
Celebrities taking part in the show included Damian Lewis, Omid Djalili and Katherine Jenkins, in an all-star cast of British and international talent for Sunday’s performance which was broadcast live by ITV.
Cruise, best known for action film franchises Top Gun and Mission Impossible, told ITV presenters Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham that the Queen “is a woman I look up to very much”.
Cruise said: “What she has accomplished is historic. She met presidents, world leaders, people from all walks of life.
“Not just Americans but the world knows dignity, devotion and kindness, that’s what I’ve always felt about her. Someone who understands her position and has held it throughout a history which has been extraordinary over the past 70 years.
The Queen sat in the royal box with a blanket over her lap and a shawl around her shoulders as Djalili, the performance’s herald and narrator, took the audience through key historical moments.
Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of the Queen in the film of the same name, played Queen Elizabeth I as the show opened by recounting the events of the first Elizabethan era, from the attempted invasion by the Spanish Armada in the presence of leading personalities. of the day as William Shakespeare.
Highlights included the Royal Oman Cavalry filling the arena in their display of horsemanship, which brought a smile to the Queen’s face, and the precision marching and rifle handling skills of the Norwegian King’s Guard.