According to a report, Queen Elizabeth was overjoyed to make a new friend in the weeks leading up to her death: “Top Gun” actor Tom Cruise.
According to the Sunday Times of London, the monarch and the “Mission Impossible” star “really hit it off” over the summer.
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Cruise, 60, attended the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark her 70th year on the throne, but the ailing monarch was unable to meet him due to mobility issues.
“The Queen let it be known that she was really disappointed not to have met Tom at the pageant, so he was invited to have a special tour of Windsor Castle with everything laid on for him. Afterward, just the two of them had tea together,” the source said.
The visit was a success, with Cruise given the chance to fire a ceremonial gun.
“She loved seeing him and they really hit it off, so much so that she invited him back for lunch. He was even allowed to fly in by helicopter,” the source added.
The budding friendship was supposed to continue with a lunch date, but Elizabeth died on Sept. 8 at the age of 96, before they could reunite.
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Before competing in the Platinum Jubilee’s Gallop Through History equine pageant in May, Cruise expressed his admiration for the Queen in a television interview.
“She’s just a woman that I greatly admire. I think she is someone who has tremendous dignity and I admire her devotion. What she has accomplished has been historic,” Cruise said then.