In the weeks before Queen Elizabeth’s death, the late monarch had found a new friend in Hollywood star Tom Cruise, Page Six reported.
According to Page Six, she and the ‘Top Gun’ actor “got together really well” over the summer, a source told a British media outlet.
Cruise attended the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking her 70th birthday on the throne; however, the ailing royal was unable to meet the ‘Mission Impossible’ star because she suffered from mobility issues.
“The Queen expressed that she was very disappointed not to have met Tom at the election, so he was invited on a special tour of Windsor Castle with everything ready for him.
Then the two of them drank tea together,” the source said.
The visit was a success, with Mr Cruise having the chance to fire a ceremonial cannon. “She loved seeing him and we really hit it off, so much so that she invited him over for lunch. He was even allowed to fly in by helicopter,” the source added.
This newly formed friendship could have continued with a lunch date, but couldn’t, as Elizabeth died on September 8 at the age of 96, before they could reunite.
Cruise had spoken of his admiration for the Queen during a televised interview that took place before the gallop through platinum jubilee history in May.
“She’s just a woman I admire immensely. I think she’s someone with tremendous dignity and I admire her dedication. What she’s accomplished is historic,” he said at the time, according to Page Six.
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