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Inside Tom Cruise's 'bizarre' role for Queen's Jubilee with Alan Titchmarsh

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This evening, a roster of celebrities will take part in the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration.Taking place on Sunday 15th May, the event will be presented by Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham, alongside a series of other celebrity hosts taking us back through the 70-year history of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

And one of those celebrities is Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, whose inclusion in the line-up has left many scratching their heads.

Poking fun at the unexpected inclusion, Alan Titchmarsh joked earlier this week: "Tom Cruise and I are not a natural pairing, but I'm all for breaking out the mould!" he said. "I know Adjoa Andoh and some of the other presenters and I suspect we are all just grateful to have been asked to participate." So why is Tom Cruise taking part in the celebrations?

Let's take a look... Get exclusive celebrity stories and fabulous photoshoots straight to your inbox with OK!'s daily newsletter Why is Tom Cruise involved in the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations?

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