The Queen received a standing ovation when her platinum anniversary celebrations began on Sunday.

The Gallop of History is a horse extravaganza with Tom Cruise and Lady Helen Mirren in the lead roles, among the stars who celebrated the Queen’s 70-year reign.

Cruz, best known for films such as Top Gun and Mission Impossible, told ITV that the Queen “is a woman I admire very much”.

“What she has achieved is historic,” he said.

“She met with presidents, world leaders, people from all walks of life.

“Not only Americans, but the world knows dignity, devotion and kindness – that’s what I’ve always felt for her.

“Someone who understands her position and has held her in a history that has been unusual for the past 70 years.”

The 96-year-old monarch arrived at the arena near Windsor Castle and was greeted by an audience of people who rose to their feet to applaud her.

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This comes amid concerns about the Queen’s mobility after she missed the state opening of parliament in recent days.

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Lady Helen Mirren played the role of Queen Elizabeth I during “Gallop through History”.
The Queen arrived to celebrate the platinum anniversary

But she was able to walk to her place in the Royal Lodge on Sunday, past the honor guard featuring the Coldstream Guard, the RAF Regiment and the Royal Navy when playing the national anthem.

The queen was sitting with a blanket on her knees and scales on her shoulders, and at one point she was spotted applying a new layer of lipstick.

The Queen is pictured during the platinum anniversary celebrations

Other stars who took part in the show included Damian Lewis, Omid Jalili and Catherine Jenkins, as well as the Royal Cavalry of Oman, artists from Azerbaijan and the Royal Guard of Norway.

Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace unveiled plans for the June festivities, which are scheduled for a four-day holiday in June.

Among the events are a £ 15 million carnival featuring a puppet-wide puppet dragon and a platinum anniversary competition on the last day of the celebration, which will feature performances by some of the world’s biggest names, including Ed Sheeran and Sir Cliff Richard.

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