Queen receives standing ovation at Jubilee horse show

The Queen was honored with a standing ovation as the Platinum Jubilee celebrations kicked off with a star-studded horse show featuring some of the world’s top performers.

Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Dame Helen Mirren, once again playing a queen of England, led the cast of performers appearing at the first major event to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign.

The audience rose to its feet clapping and cheering as the monarch arrived in the arena near Windsor Castle for the musical and theatrical play through the centuries called Gallop Through History.

The event was organized by the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which has been welcoming back spectators for the past three days, including the monarch, who spent part of her Friday touring the show grounds after missing the State Opening of Parliament.


The Queen was led into the show (Steve Parsons/PA)

Despite continuing mobility problems, the Queen walked to her seat in the royal box after being ushered into the Castle Arena escorted by mounted divisions of the Household Cavalry.

She was joined by her son, the Earl of Wessex, for the show that reflected her lifelong passion for horses.


Katherine Jenkins will perform in the horse-themed show (Yui Mok/PA)

A tri-service honor guard with the Coldstream Guards, the RAF Regiment and the Royal Navy were on site for the Queen’s 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, a stellar cast of British and international talent for Sunday’s performance which was broadcast live on ITV.


Tom Cruise poses for a selfie before the show honoring the Queen (Steve Parsons/PA)

Before the event, Cruise was 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, and he replied “absolutely”.

Dame Helen, 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 with a chronicle of the events of the first Elizabethan era since the Spanish Armada’s attempted invasion. to leading figures of the day like William Shakespeare.

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