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It’s been two months since Queen Elizabeth sadly passed away at the age of 96, and it’s just been revealed that in the weeks before her death, she created a surprising friendship with the Hollywood star Tom Cruise. 

Queen And Cruise Become Friends

Daily Mail reported that the Queen and Cruise, 60, “really hit it off” when she invited him to tea at Windsor Castle over the summer just a few weeks before she died, and she even let him land his helicopter on her lawn!

The Queen was reportedly so disappointed that she didn’t get to meet Cruise at a Platinum Jubilee event back earlier this year that she invited him to her home. She “loved seeing him” for tea so much so that he was invited back for lunch, but the Queen sadly died before this could actually happen. 

“The Queen let it be known she was really disappointed not to have met Tom at the pageant,” said a source close to the monarch. “So he was invited to have a special tour of Windsor Castle with everything laid on for him. Afterwards, just the two of them had tea together.”

“She loved seeing him and they really hit it off, so much so that she invited him back for lunch,” the insider added.

Cruise Praises The Queen

Cruise and the Queen had initially been set to meet back in May at the equestrian event Gallop Through History, which was held on the grounds at Windsor Castle. This event was part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration, which was meant to mark her 70 years on the British throne. 

“She’s just a woman that I greatly admire,” Cruise said at the time. “I think she is someone who has tremendous dignity and I admire her devotion. What she has accomplished has been historic. I just remember always as a kid seeing photos of her.”

Fox News reported that when asked about how much Americans love the Queen, Cruise replied, “Not just Americans, but the world knows the dignity, devotion and kindness, that is what I have always felt about her.”

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Cruise went on to recall how “lovely” it was to meet the Queen’s late husband Prince Philip, who died last year at the age of 99, at a 2017 during a charity dinner at Buckingham Palace. 

“There was a moment… we were talking about pilots, we had to talk about helicopters, and he was telling me the wonderful story of how he got the first helicopter into Buckingham Palace during [the queen’s] coronation,” said Cruise.

“Fantastic story. I was this close to going, ‘I’d like to land a helicopter, if you ever need a helicopter, someone to pick you up, I think I could put it right there,'” he added. 

Queen Passes Away

The Queen sadly died one September 8 at the age of 96. 

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the royal family announced after her passing. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

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King Charles III, 73, paid tribute to his beloved mother after her death. 

“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty, The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” he said, according to The New York Post

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother,” Charles continued. “I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

It’s nice to know that in her final weeks, the Queen was still enjoying life and making friends with people like Cruise. This just confirms that she was still having fun and enjoying life, right up to the very end! 

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