A nation breathes a sigh of relief: Queen Elizabeth II (96) seems to be in good health. The Queen enjoyed the opening ceremony for her 70th jubilee on site last Sunday with her subjects. The royal laughed, waved and even ran a few meters, albeit with a cane. The Queen’s health has been a cause for concern over the past few months.
Recently, the Queen has often not been able to attend official events. She handed over the scepter to her son and heir to the throne Charles (73) more and more often. Above all, the mobility of the sprightly regent should have been a problem.
Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth I.
There was no sign of old age on Sunday. Elizabeth happily watched the performance. Just for a moment, she turned her attention from the stage and hid behind her purse – to retouch her red lipstick. This is unusual as Queen Elizabeth is known for being meticulous about looking perfect in public.
The performance, “A gallop through history”, which was staged in front of Windsor Castle, was fit for a queen: 1500 actors and 500 horses took part. The role of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was played by none other than Oscar winner Helen Mirren (76). A prominent personality gave a speech between each of the four acts. In addition to Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh (59), actor Damian Lewis (51) and poet Alan Titchmarsh (72), Tom Cruise (59) surprised the audience present.
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As the only American and with no real connection to the British monarchy, his performance may have surprised and excited fans in Windsor, but raised even more question marks on social media. Countless users on Twitter could not understand Cruise as a star guest. “Tom Cruise on the Queen’s Jubilee is the most arbitrary choice ever,” wrote one and tweeted many from the heart.
With his speech, however, the “Mission Impossible” star reconciled his critics. He said: “Queen Elizabeth is a person I admire very much. Someone with tremendous dignity. I admire her dedication and what she has achieved will go down in history.”
However, things really get going around the throne jubilee from June 2nd. Over four days there will be concerts, services and festivals in honor of the world’s longest reigning monarch. (grb)