The Queen’s reaction to Helen Mirren at the Royal Windsor Horse Show is priceless
Ahead of celebrations kicking off to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – otherwise known as the extra long bank holiday we all get in early June – the 96-year-old British monarch made an appearance on the last starry night of the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Katherine Jenkins and Damian Lewis were among the star talents, with Helen Mirren making an appearance as Queen Elizabeth I.
Arriving to a standing ovation, the Queen (Elizabeth II, that is) was all smiles and looked like she was having a good time. “The Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force Steel Drum Troupe performed a rhythmic version of Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ – which the Queen seemed to enjoy,” the BBC reported. “She was also seen clapping at a traditional display by the Royal Cavalry Oman, a horse-riding show which saw horses recumbent on command.”
Tom Cruise also appeared as a surprise guest, with fans rushing to spot the Impossible mission star as he drove through Windsor. “Well, has anyone checked with Tom Cruise if he’s ok with being upstaged by ME?” joked presenter Alan Titchmarsh, who helped host the show.
Taking place near Windsor Castle each year, organizers have pulled out all the stops for the 2022 Jubilee edition, held to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. And after skipping a handful of events over the past few months due to “episodic mobility issues”, including the recent official opening of Parliament, Her Majesty appeared to have had a great time attending the closing performance of “A gallop through history”.
As part of the huge horse show, around 500 horses and 1,000 riders joined forces to compete and perform over the weekend. Oddly enough, one belonged to former One Direction member Liam Payne, who kindly lent his beloved steed and prized show jumping rider Titanium Z for the royal lap.