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Queen receives standing ovation at Jubilee horse show

The Queen was honored with a standing ovation as her platinum jubilee celebrations kicked off with a star-studded horse show featuring some of the world’s greatest performers. Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Dame Helen Mirren, again playing a Queen of England, led the cast of performers who took part in the first major event to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign.

The audience rose to cheers and cheers as the monarch arrived in the arena near Windsor Castle for the musical and theatrical spectacle through the centuries called A Gallop Through History. The event was organized by the Royal Windsor Horse Show which has been welcoming spectators for three days, including the monarch who spent part of her Friday touring the show grounds after missing the official opening of Parliament.

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

The Queen clearly enjoyed the show and during her finale, when her own horses and ponies were led around the open-air arena, she appeared captivated, beaming as the animals rode past the royal box. Omid Djalili, who acted as the event’s narrator, couldn’t resist a joke and told the monarch, “Thank you for choosing us over the official opening of Parliament.”

Dame Helen paid a heartfelt tribute to the Queen, telling the Head of State: ‘For all these years you have carried our nation. You have been in his heart, his drumbeat. You have given us purpose and when situations have challenged your hope, your guidance and leadership have been unwavering.

“I address you on behalf of all your loyal subjects. We salute and admire the manner in which you conduct the affairs of the State with such dexterity and assurance. I therefore speak on behalf of a grateful nation and Commonwealth when I extend to you our most heartfelt and loving thanks.

Despite continuing mobility problems, the Queen had walked to her seat in the royal box after being led into the castle arena escorted by mounted divisions of the Household Cavalry. She was joined by the Earl and Countess of Wessex for the show which reflected her lifelong passion for horses.

A tri-service honor guard comprising the Coldstream Guards, the RAF Regiment and the Royal Navy was in place for the Queen’s arrival which was signaled by the national anthem played by military musicians. Among the celebrities taking part in the show were Damian Lewis and Katherine Jenkins, a cast of British and international talent for Sunday’s performance broadcast live by ITV.

Prior to the event, the PA News Agency asked Cruise if he was looking forward to the show, where he would have to announce an element of the performance, and he replied “absolutely”. The actor, best known for action film franchises Top Gun and Mission Impossible, later told ITV presenters Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham that the Queen “is a woman I greatly admire”.

Cruise said: “What she has accomplished is historic. She met presidents, world leaders, people from all walks of life. Not just Americans, but the world knows dignity, devotion and kindness, that’s what I always felt about her. Someone who understands his position and has held it throughout a history that has been extraordinary over the past 70 years.

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The Queen sat in the royal box with a blanket over her knees and a shawl around her shoulders as Djalili, the herald and narrator of antics throughout history, took the audience through key moments, adding her inimitable humor .

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 by chronicling the events of the early Elizabethan era, from the attempted invasion of the ‘Spanish armada with leading personalities. of the day like William Shakespeare.

Highlights included the Royal Oman Cavalry filling the arena with their display of horsemanship, which brought a smile to the Queen’s face, including the sight of horses lying on command, and precision marching and handling skills of the Norwegian King’s Guard Rifle. Azerbaijani performers cheered the crowds as riders performed feats as their horses galloped from lying on their backs to standing on their hands.

At one point, the Queen was spotted picking up her handbag and she reached for her lipstick and applied a fresh coat to her lips.

Cruise put on what he called “one of the most gripping, heart-pounding, heart-pounding shows” when he announced a performance by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

He said: ‘It takes tremendous courage and discipline to do what they do, galloping with cannons that were fired in battles in the First World War, weighing a ton and a half, without brakes. The ride demonstrates absolute trust between horse and rider.

The crowd cheered to the beat of the music as an orchestra played and horses galloped around the arena firing the historic cannons. At the end of the show, the Queen took a lap of honor in her vehicle, greeting the cheering spectators as they passed.

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