Tom Cruise wants to follow in the footsteps of the Duke of Edinburgh and land a helicopter in an iconic London location.
The Hollywood A-lister was a special guest at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, presenting the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at the outdoor arena in Windsor.
The 59-year-old actor, best known for the Top Gun and Mission: Impossible action movie franchises, told presenters Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham that the Queen “is a woman I greatly admire.”
He said: “It’s a wonderful, wonderful event. I feel very honored to be here, it is a true privilege.
“I think he is someone who has tremendous dignity and I admire his devotion. What he has achieved has been historic.
“Presidents, world leaders, people from all walks of life. I believe that not only America, but the world knows her dignity, devotion and kindness, that is what I have always felt for her.
“(She is) someone who understands her position and has held it through a history that has been extraordinary over the last 70 years.”
While speaking with Schofield and Etchingham backstage, Cruise recalled a particular anecdote with the late Duke, whom he met at a charity event.
He said: “There was a moment, of course we were talking about pilots, we had to talk about helicopters, and he was telling me the wonderful story of how he brought the first helicopter to Buckingham Palace during the (Queen’s) coronation.
“Fantastic story. I came this close to saying ‘I’d like to land a helicopter, if you ever need a helicopter, I think I could put it there.’
“Since I was four years old I wanted to make movies and fly planes.”
Schofield later responded: “I hope we’ve planted a little seed and at some point you can land a helicopter on Buckingham Palace.
“Let me do it in Trafalgar Square,” Cruise said.
Cruise later introduced what he said was “one of the most riveting, exciting and moving displays ever” announcing a live performance by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in an open-air arena near Windsor Castle.
He said: “It takes great courage and discipline to do what they do, galloping with guns that were fired in World War I battles, weighing a ton and a half, with no brakes.
“The driving demonstrates absolute trust between horse and rider.”
The crowd clapped to the beat of the music as an orchestra played and horses galloped around the arena.