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The Queen's secret friendship with A-list star before her death

The Queen met with many people during her reign, but it seems as though none impressed her more than Top Gun star Tom Cruise.

The monarch and the Hollywood star reportedly "really hit it off" after meeting during her Platinum Jubilee in June, the Sunday Times reports.

The Queen
After her death in September, it's been revealed the Queen had a secret friendship with a huge Hollywood star. Photo: Getty

The 60-year-old A-Lister was in London as part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations to mark her 70 years on the throne, however, due to mobility issues, Her Majesty was unable to meet him.

"The Queen let it be known that she was really disappointed not to have met Tom at the pageant, 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," a source revealed, adding that the visit was so successful, Tom was allowed to fire a ceremonial gun.

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"She loved seeing him and they really hit it off, so much so that she invited him back for lunch. He was even allowed to fly in by helicopter," the insider said.

The Queen and Tom were set to reunite with a lunch date, however, Her Majesty sadly passed away before they were able to catch up again.

Before he appeared as part of the Platinum Jubilee’s Gallop Through History equine pageant in May, Tom spoke about his admiration for the Queen, saying, "She’s just a woman that I greatly admire. 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."

Tom Cruise in London as part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations
Tom Cruise in London as part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations to mark her 70 years on the throne. Photo: Getty

Tom has shot several movies in the UK, including the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One.

He's previously spoken of his love for Britain, saying he loves being able to go out without being mobbed by fans and people wanting pictures, according to The Mirror.

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"I guess I am an ­Anglophile. I spend a lot of time in Britain and that's not just for work reasons. I just love being here. It's a fantastic blend of old and new. I love seeing the sights, the Tower of London, Nelson's Column, Buckingham Palace and all those fantastic places which are just full of history.

"Britain is trendy, too, and has a lot that other countries then copy. I also love the British countryside. Seeing cows and sheep in the fields here is just so very British and just like we see in the movies in America.

"I always wondered whether it is really like that. It's great to go back to the US and say, 'Yes, it really is'."

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