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Queen Elizabeth: A salutes to her 70 years of service

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The nation salutes Queen Elizabeth at her 70 years of service . She was oined by celebrities including Tom Cruise amid pageantry at Windsor Castle.
The Queen walked to her seat, that’s the first of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations where an all-star lineup including Dame Helen Mirren and Katherine Jenkins performed alongside equestrian, military and musical talent from all over the world.
Her Majesty, was greeted with a standing ovation and was all smiles on the stands after taking her seat with the help of a walking stick – allaying health fears over her mobility.
There was continued applause as the Queen made her way to her seat in the royal box, flanked by Simon Brooks-Ward, 45 – a Territorial Army officer and friend of the royals.
The monarch wore a grey cardigan and embellished blue dress, accessorised with pearl earrings and a matching necklace, black loafers and a handbag.
She was joined by her son the Earl 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 in place for the Queen’s arrival which was signalled by the National Anthem being played by military musicians.
Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham are hosting 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.
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 event, which will feature 1,300 performers and 500 horses, will look back through history from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Dame Helen Mirren, 76, and Tom Cruise, 59, are leading the theatrical production, which will be broadcast outside live this evening despite the rainy weather.
Hollywood A-lister Cruise, who appeared to be mobbed by fans as he arrived for the production, 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.”

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