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The Queen of comedy! Monarch, 96, is hailed for her reaction to Platinum Jubilee celebration jokes


The Queen was cheered for her impeccable comic timing today – as her reactions to Alan Titchmarsh and Omid Djalili’s parts of the Platinum Jubilee celebration went viral.

Her Majesty was subjected to a number of soft jokes and praise during the ITV-broadcasted spectacular last night, where she raised an arm to the crowd after Mr Djalili’s gag about her missing the State Opening of Parliament in a bet he won with an Ipswich kebab shop owner.

And in another hilarious moment the 96-year-old monarch gave an almighty shrug when Mr Titchmarsh praised her 70 years on the throne.

The fun came on an extraordinary night where Her Majesty lifted the nation’s spirits and received cheers and a standing ovation from the crowd at the spectacular finale to the Royal Windsor Horse Show – her second visit there in the past three days.

The 96-year-old looked full of joy last night as she watched an all-star lineup including Dame Helen Mirren, Tom Cruise and Katherine Jenkins perform at the event alongside equestrian, military and musical talent from all over the world. 

But the show came in for some criticism when ITV were accused of allowing Mr Cruise to hijack and ‘cheapen’ the opening event of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee so he could promote Top Gun 2 in return for reading for less than a minute from an Autocue. And viewers also pointed out that Mr Djalili failed to call her ‘Your Majesty’ during his routine, plumping for the incorrect ‘Your Royal Highness’ instead.

The funniest moment  came at the end as Alan Titchmarsh festooned the Queen with warm words. He told her ‘For 70 years there’s been one constant heartbeat of this nation and that heart belongs to Her Majesty the Queen.’

Spontaneous applause they broke out and the cameras cut to the Royal. The Queen appeared in agreement and – after looking at a friend – shrugged modestly. One viewer remarked: ‘The Queen shrugs as if she doesn’t understand why the fuss is all about. So cute.’

Comedian Omid Djalili, who hosted the celebration in the role of Herald, joked about the fact she was in the crowd

The Platinum Jubilee celebration saw over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute production as well as quite a few laughs including from the Queen herself

The Platinum Jubilee celebration saw over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute production as well as quite a few laughs including from the Queen herself

Another added: ‘The Queen always seems like she would be a right laugh.’

Elsewhere comedian Omid Djalili, who hosted the celebration in the role of Herald, joked about the fact she was in the crowd but missed the State Opening of Parliament.

He quipped: “Your Royal Highness, on behalf of everyone here we would like to thank you, very humbly, for picking us over the State Opening of Parliament.

“You did the right thing, and I won £5 in a bet with my local kebab shop owner in Ipswich.”

As applause broke out the camera showed her wryly smiling before raising her arm in the air as acknowledgement. 

The Queen reassured tens of millions of Britons and her subjects around the world about her health during an enthusiastic and energetic appearance at the first of her national Platinum Jubilee celebrations – but royal aides also admitted she now has ‘good and less good days’.

It also bodes well for the official weekend of jubilee events in June, when it is anticipated she will attend a Service of Thanksgiving for her remarkable 70-year reign and make her traditional appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping the Colour. 

It is unlikely she will attend many other events, however, as palace aides admit she has ‘good and less good days’. 

The Queen has been forced to cancel a string of engagements in recent months and last week missed the State Opening of Parliament for the first time ever due to age or infirmity, symbolically asking her son, the Prince of Wales, and grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, to stand in for.

But royal aides insist that despite what they describe as ‘episodic’ mobility issues, the monarch is in good spirits and very much in charge behind the scenes, undertaking several meetings each week in addition to her familiar red boxes of official papers.

Her appearance last night, following her first visit to the horse show on Friday to watch some of her beloved animals compete, will give succour to her subjects.  

There were wild cheers as the Queen departs following the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last night

There were wild cheers as the Queen departs following the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last night

Queen Elizabeth II was in fits of giggles after comedian Omid Djalil made a Guy Fawkes joke during the production

The Queen was pictured taking a quick break to apply fuchsia pink lipstick halfway through the performance

Queen Elizabeth II was in fits of giggles after comedian Omid Djalil made a Guy Fawkes joke during the production. She was also pictured taking a quick break to apply fuchsia pink lipstick halfway through the performance

The Queen's walk down the red carpet with a stick will allay some fears about her health and will have given reassurance to millions watching

The Queen’s walk down the red carpet with a stick will allay some fears about her health and will have given reassurance to millions watching

Her Majesty smiles as she speaks to British actress Adjoa Andoh, star of Bridgerton and Invictus

Her Majesty smiles as she speaks to British actress Adjoa Andoh, star of Bridgerton and Invictus

As the Queen got to her feet to leave the event, A-listers including Tom Cruise stood up to bid the monarch farewell 

The Commonwealth and the four nations of the United Kingdom were celebrated, while military and equestrian displays from around the world including Azerbaijan, India, Oman, France, Norway, Switzerland, and Trinidad and Tobago took centre stage. Pictured: Dame Helen Mirren playing Queen Elizabeth I. She previously played Her Majesty herself on screen in The Queen

The Commonwealth and the four nations of the United Kingdom were celebrated, while military and equestrian displays from around the world including Azerbaijan, India, Oman, France, Norway, Switzerland, and Trinidad and Tobago took centre stage. Pictured: Dame Helen Mirren playing Queen Elizabeth I. She previously played Her Majesty herself on screen in The Queen

Damian Lewis (left), Adjoa Andoh (centre) and Tom Cruise (right) stood as the Queen departed at the end of the ceremony

Damian Lewis (left), Adjoa Andoh (centre) and Tom Cruise (right) stood as the Queen departed at the end of the ceremony

Katherine Jenkins performed at the event on Sunday night wearing a stunning floor-length blue gown

Katherine Jenkins performed at the event on Sunday night wearing a stunning floor-length blue gown

The Herald, played by Omid Djalili, narrated the performance and took viewers through time with each act reflecting on key moments in history, including Elizabeth I's Tilbury Speech and James I and the Gunpowder Plot

The Herald, played by Omid Djalili, narrated the performance and took viewers through time with each act reflecting on key moments in history, including Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech and James I and the Gunpowder Plot

‘I thought this was all about Her Majesty?’ Tom Cruise is accused of using The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration to plug his Top Gun sequel 

'Why has he promoted his new film?': Tom Cruise has been slammed by ITV viewers for 'plugging' Top Gun: Maverick during The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration on Sunday

 ‘Why has he promoted his new film?’: Tom Cruise has been slammed by ITV viewers for ‘plugging’ Top Gun: Maverick during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration on Sunday

He may have sparked frantic scenes in Windsor on Sunday afternoon ahead of his role in The Queen‘s Platinum Jubilee celebration. 

But hours later, Tom Cruise, whose long-awaited film Top Gun: Maverick is hitting cinemas at the end of this month, was slammed online for ‘plugging’ his forthcoming feature during the special evening – which was played out on ITV. 

The 59-year-old American film star, whose net worth is thought to be a cool £490.2million, sat down for an interview with Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham during the celebratory evening, but was soon at the heart of Twitter discussion after speaking of his upcoming film at length. 

Top Gun: Maverick is the anticipated sequel to the 1986 original Top Gun, with its release initially slated for July 12, 2019, before complex flight sequences, the Covid pandemic and scheduling conflicts pushed it back to 2022. 

‘Every film I make is important, but this one, people have been asking for decades. For decades I’ve been thinking “what could I do?”‘, the Hollywood icon explained to Phillip, 60, and Julie, 52. 

The production of the new instalment was ’emotional’ for Tom, but taking the step to create a sequel to the commercial hit was ‘for the fans.’ 

 

Making her second public appearance in three days, the 96-year-old was greeted with a ovation at the event, which had been running since Thursday night, and was all smiles as she made her way to her seat in the Royal Box.

Organisers of the event at Windsor Castle, entitled A Gallop Through History, had always hoped the Queen would attend as their guest of honour. But given her recent mobility issues, nothing was confirmed until the 11th hour last night.

Cruise – who is in Britain promoting his new film Top Gun: Maverick and was mobbed by fans upon his arrival, was at the event in Windsor to introduce what he said was ‘one of the most enthralling, thrilling, heart-in-mouth displays’ as he announced a performance by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. 

However Cruise also faced criticism on social media for using the event to plug his new film which he spoke about during an interview with Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham at the celebratory evening. 

The Queen reached the event by car with an escort from the Household Cavalry as the national anthem was played. She handed her now familiar walking stick to a member of the greeting party as she carefully eased herself down from her Range Rover – in which she was accompanied by her youngest son, Prince Edward.

The elderly monarch smiled broadly at the welcome and had clearly dressed for the occasion in an ice-blue sequinned dress, around which she had draped a grey embellished wrap against the chill.

The Queen then carefully made her way to her seat in the Royal Box – flanked by Simon Brooks-Ward, 57, a Territorial Army officer and friend of the royals – away from the glare of the cameras.

Although footage from the Royal Box was limited during the performance, the Queen was seen laughing and smiling with other guests. Her appearance will reassure the public given widespread concern about her health. 

Hollywood A-lister Cruise said it is ‘a real honour and privilege’ to be a part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Windsor. He said: ‘What she has accomplished is historic. 

‘She has met presidents, world leaders, people from all walks of life. Not just Americans, but the world knows the dignity, devotion and kindness, that is what I have always felt about her. Someone that understands her position and has held it through a history that’s just been extraordinary the past 70 years.’

Last night’s gala show, which featured more than 1,300 performers, 600 horses, children’s choirs, a 75-piece orchestra and stars from stage and screen, was always going to be something the Queen would have been desperate not to miss.

Different eras of British history were enacted on stage as part of the show. Dame Helen Mirren, who has played both Queen Elizabeths on TV and film, reprised her role as the Tudor monarch.

Adjoa Andoh, who plays Lady Danbury in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton, also had a role, as did Homeland actor Damian Lewis and Doc Martin star Martin Clunes. Dame Joan Collins appeared on film to pay tribute.

But the star of the show – aside from the Queen herself – was undoubtedly Hollywood star Tom Cruise. Earlier Cruise had walked among the crowds at Windsor and said he was looking forward to the extravaganza.

In an interview with ITV, Cruise said he didn’t hesitate for a second when asked to take part in the event. ‘It is a wonderful event and I feel very privileged to be here. I was very honoured,’ he said.

‘She is just a woman I greatly admire. She is someone who has tremendous dignity. I admire her devotion and what she has accomplished is historic.’

Cruise recalled meeting Prince Philip at a charity event. He said: ‘He was telling me a wonderful story about how he got the first helicopter into Buckingham Palace during the coronation. A fantastic story.’

As Her Majesty left the event, she waved to cheering crowds and smiled as she was driven away in her car by escort

As Her Majesty left the event, she waved to cheering crowds and smiled as she was driven away in her car by escort 

Queen Elizabeth II meets Alan Titchmarsh and Adjoa Andoh (left) as she departs following the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle last night

Queen Elizabeth II meets Alan Titchmarsh and Adjoa Andoh (left) as she departs following the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle last night

The Queen was all smiles yesterday evening as she attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

The Queen was all smiles yesterday evening as she attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Her Majesty appeared in good spirits as she watched the production that paid tribute to Her Majesty with several different productions

Her Majesty appeared in good spirits as she watched the production that paid tribute to Her Majesty with several different productions

The Queen, 96, sat next to Sir Mike Rake, who is chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Celebration, and friend of the royals who helps organise the event

The Queen, 96, sat next to Sir Mike Rake, who is chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Celebration, and friend of the royals who helps organise the event

The Queen was pictured leaving the production at the Royal Windsor Horse Show Platinum Jubilee Celebrations on Sunday

The Queen was pictured leaving the production at the Royal Windsor Horse Show Platinum Jubilee Celebrations on Sunday

Queen Elizabeth II laughed as she watched the performance, entitled 'A Gallop Through History', as part of the official celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II laughed as she watched the performance, entitled ‘A Gallop Through History’, as part of the official celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee

Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham hosted the much-anticipated open-air show staged close to Windsor Castle - the same location as Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee, Diamond Jubilee and 90th birthday. Pictured: The Queen appears highly amused at the theatre production yesterday evening

Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham hosted the much-anticipated open-air show staged close to Windsor Castle – the same location as Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, Diamond Jubilee and 90th birthday. Pictured: The Queen appears highly amused at the theatre production yesterday evening

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for 'A Gallop Through History' Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday evening

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for ‘A Gallop Through History’ Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday evening

The Queen, 96, walked to her seat with the help of her walking stick at the Platinum Jubilee celebration and smiled through the production

The Queen, 96, walked to her seat with the help of her walking stick at the Platinum Jubilee celebration and smiled through the production 

Although footage from the Royal Box was limited during the performance, the Queen was seen laughing and smiling with other guests

Although footage from the Royal Box was limited during the performance, the Queen was seen laughing and smiling with other guests

The monarch was seen wearing a blue cardigan and a blanket placed across her knees as she watched the open-air show

The monarch was seen wearing a blue cardigan and a blanket placed across her knees as she watched the open-air show

There was continued applause as the Queen, flanked by her son the Earl of Wessex , made her way to her seat in the royal box, whilst holding her walking stick - despite ongoing mobility problems

There was continued applause as the Queen made her way to her seat in the royal box, whilst holding her walking stick – despite ongoing mobility problems

The 96-year-old monarch was pictured through the window of her Range Rover arriving for the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration

The 96-year-old monarch was pictured through the window of her Range Rover arriving for the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration

The Queen and Prince Edward waved to the cheering crowd as she left the event at the end of the evening

The Queen and Prince Edward waved to the cheering crowd as she left the event at the end of the evening

The Queen attended the event alongside her son Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, yesterday evening

The Queen attended the event alongside her son Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, yesterday evening

The Queen looked excited as the show featured more than 1,300 performers, 600 horses, children’s choirs, a 75-piece orchestra and stars from stage and screen

The Queen looked excited as the show featured more than 1,300 performers, 600 horses, children’s choirs, a 75-piece orchestra and stars from stage and screen

Holding a blue handkerchief, the Queen pointed and smiled as the performance went on in her honour

Holding a blue handkerchief, the Queen pointed and smiled as the performance went on in her honour 

The Queen attended her Platinum Jubilee Celebration yesterday evening where an all-star lineup of talent including Dame Helen Mirren, Tom Cruise and Katherine Jenkins performed

The Queen attended her Platinum Jubilee Celebration yesterday evening where an all-star lineup of talent including Dame Helen Mirren, Tom Cruise and Katherine Jenkins performed

Crowds clapped and cheered - including Dame Helen Mirren - who has played both Queen Elizabeths on TV and film, reprised her role as the Tudor monarch

Crowds clapped and cheered – including Dame Helen Mirren – who has played both Queen Elizabeths on TV and film, reprised her role as the Tudor monarch

Actor Martin Clunes was also in attendance at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations yesterday evening

Actor Martin Clunes was also in attendance at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations yesterday evening

Pictured: Dame Joan Collins paid tribute to the Queen and her 70 years of service during the special televised event

Pictured: Dame Joan Collins paid tribute to the Queen and her 70 years of service during the special televised event 

Comedy duo Ant and Dec spoke about their admiration for the monarch during a short televised interview

Comedy duo Ant and Dec spoke about their admiration for the monarch during a short televised interview 

Sir David Jason

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Many A-listers including Sir David Jason and Andrew Lloyd Webber paid tribute to the monarch 

The Top Gun star was mobbed by fans as he arrived for A Gallop Through History performance as part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee at Home Park on May 15

The Top Gun star was mobbed by fans as he arrived for A Gallop Through History performance as part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee at Home Park on May 15

Tom Cruise greets an excited fan at the Royal Windsor Horse Show near Windsor Castle earlier today

Tom Cruise greets an excited fan at the Royal Windsor Horse Show near Windsor Castle earlier today 

Speaking about the monarch, Cruise said: 'What she has accomplished is historic. She has met presidents, world leaders, people from all walks of life. Not just Americans, but the world knows the dignity, devotion and kindness, that is what I have always felt about her'

Speaking about the monarch, Cruise said: ‘What she has accomplished is historic. She has met presidents, world leaders, people from all walks of life. Not just Americans, but the world knows the dignity, devotion and kindness, that is what I have always felt about her’

Tom Cruise is mobbed by fans as he attends Day Four of The Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday evening

Tom Cruise is mobbed by fans as he attends Day Four of The Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday evening

Top Gun actor Tom Cruise (centre) at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor yesterday evening

Top Gun actor Tom Cruise (centre) at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor yesterday evening 

Phillip Schofield and Tom Cruise are pictured taking a selfie together at the Jubilee show in Windsor yesterday

Phillip Schofield and Tom Cruise are pictured taking a selfie together at the Jubilee show in Windsor yesterday

Tom Cruise introduced what he said was 'one of the most enthralling, thrilling, heart-in-mouth displays' as he announced a performance by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery

Tom Cruise introduced what he said was ‘one of the most enthralling, thrilling, heart-in-mouth displays’ as he announced a performance by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery

Singer Katherine Jenkins described being part of the Platinum Jubilee as a ‘massive honour’ and said it would be an opportunity to ‘show our deep gratitude’ to the Queen for her decades of service.

Comedian Omid Djalili said: ‘Anyone watching this show, even if they’re a staunch republican or if they’re a royalist, they will feel pride in being British. She is a woman I greatly admire’.

There was continued applause in the stands as the Queen eased herself down to watch the ceremony, entitled A Gallop Through History, with the help of a walking stick – allaying health fears over her mobility.

She was joined by the Earl and Countess of Wessex for the show that reflected her life-long passion for horses. A tri-service guard of honour featuring the Coldstream Guards, RAF Regiment and Royal Navy was also in place for the Queen’s arrival which was signalled by the National Anthem being played by military musicians. 

Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham hosted the much-anticipated show staged close to Windsor Castle – the same location as Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, Diamond Jubilee and 90th birthday.

During the televised event, Prince Charles said about his mother, The Queen: ‘[She has always] Coped with so many different challenges and always being there in a remarkable way.’ 

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

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 began by chronicling the events of the first Elizabethan age from the attempted invasion of the Spanish Armada to leading figures of the day like William Shakespeare. 

The Queen clapped with other senior royals and smiled as she watched each performance throughout the night on Sunday. To her right was  Prince Hassan bin Talal, a member of the Royal Family in Jordan

The Queen clapped with other senior royals and smiled as she watched each performance throughout the night on Sunday. To her right was  Prince Hassan bin Talal, a member of the Royal Family in Jordan  

Lady Louise Windsor during the 'A Gallop Through History' performance as part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee

Lady Louise Windsor during the ‘A Gallop Through History’ performance as part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Later on the evening, the ceremony paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh and his 'love of carriage driving' as his grand-daughter Lady Louise Windsor drove his exercise carriage around the arena

Later on the evening, the ceremony paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh and his ‘love of carriage driving’ as his grand-daughter Lady Louise Windsor drove his exercise carriage around the arena  

The A Gallop Through History performance as part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee

The A Gallop Through History performance as part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Performers from Azerbaijan perform during the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Performers from Azerbaijan perform during the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

The daring performance had the crowd on tenterhooks as trained professionals held fire whilst on horses

The daring performance had the crowd on tenterhooks as trained professionals held fire whilst on horses 

Top Secret Drum Corps perform during the 'A Gallop Through History' Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Top Secret Drum Corps perform during the ‘A Gallop Through History’ Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Queen looked on as Katherine Jenkins sang for the monarch's ongoing Jubilee celebrations

The Queen looked on as Katherine Jenkins sang for the monarch’s ongoing Jubilee celebrations 

Artists in different coloured tartan skirts performed during the Royal Windsor Horse Show in celebration of Britain's Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee

Artists in different coloured tartan skirts performed during the Royal Windsor Horse Show in celebration of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee

The Herald, played by Omid Djalili, narrated the performance and took viewers through time with each act reflecting on key moments in history, including Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech and James I and the Gunpowder Plot.

Adjoa Andoh, who plays Lady Danbury in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton, also had a role, as did Homeland actor Damian Lewis and Doc Martin star Martin Clunes. Dame Joan Collins and comedy duo Ant and Dec also appeared on film to pay tribute. 

The Commonwealth and the four nations of the United Kingdom were celebrated, and there was military and equestrian displays from around the world including Azerbaijan, India, Oman, France, Norway, Switzerland, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Music for the evening was provided by a 75-piece orchestra, with special performances from Keala Settle, Gregory Porter and Katherine Jenkins.

Other guests included Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ant and Dec, Dame Joan Collins and Sir David Jason who each paid tribute to the Queen’s 70 years of service.

Meanwhile, The Queen appeared to enjoy Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force’s steel drum display of Abba classic Dancing Queen during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The troupe, dressed in white suits with green helmets, played a rhythmic version of the classic disco anthem which appeared to amuse the Queen, who was wrapped in a blue shawl with a blanket laid across her.

The monarch, who is celebrating 70 years on the throne, later clapped wildly after a drum-off between the Top Secret Drum Corps, who played at her 90th birthday celebrations, and the Royal Marines.

The display included juggling and twirling of drum sticks which later were set alight.

Cruise introduced what he said was ‘one of the most enthralling, thrilling, heart-in-mouth displays’ as he announced a performance by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Keala Settle received cheers and applauses from the crowd as she was joined by a children's choir to perform the track Shine

Keala Settle received cheers and applauses from the crowd as she was joined by a children’s choir to perform the track Shine

The Greatest Showman's Keala Settle performs the song 'Shine' to open the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration yesterday evening

The Greatest Showman’s Keala Settle performs the song ‘Shine’ to open the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration yesterday evening 

Celebrations: Dame Helen Mirren led the star-studded cast for a theatrical television broadcast marking the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Celebrations: Dame Helen Mirren led the star-studded cast for a theatrical television broadcast marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Dame Helen Mirren dressed as Queen Elizabeth I performs during the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration

Dame Helen Mirren dressed as Queen Elizabeth I performs during the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration 

Star: Dame Helen, who previously played the monarch in The Queen, will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth I

Star: Dame Helen, who previously played the monarch in The Queen, will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth I

Omid Djalili performs in ITV's 'The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration' TV show yesterday evening

Omid Djalili performs in ITV’s ‘The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration’ TV show yesterday evening

He said: ‘It takes huge courage and discipline to do what they do, galloping with guns that were fired in the battles of the First World War, weighing one-and-a-half tonnes, with no brakes. The drive demonstrates absolute trust between horse and rider.’

The crowd clapped in time to the music as an orchestra played and the horses galloped around the arena.

The Queen appeared enthralled, showing gleeful smiles as her own horses were led around the open-air arena in Windsor to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.



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