A History of Tom Cruise Meeting the Royals

Turns out Tom Cruise's moment with Prince William and Kate Middleton was far from his first encounter with the British royal family: see the old photos

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GREAT BRITAIN - JULY 30: Diana, Princess of Wales meets actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman at the premiere of "Far and Away" at the Leicester Square Empire Cinema, She is wearing a dress by fashion designer Catherine Walker (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
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In 1992, a young Tom Cruise and then-wife Nicole Kidman greeted Princess Diana at the London premiere of Far and Away on July 30.

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LONDON - SEPTEMBER 6: Guests attending Diana, Princess of Wales's funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997 include Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
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Tragically, five years later Cruise and Kidman attended Diana's funeral at Westminster Abbey in London, along with Tom Hanks and more of the princess' famous friends.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 8: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Tom Cruise meet during a dinner to mark the 75th anniversary of the Outward Bound Trust at Buckingham Palace on March 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Cruise was on hand in March of 2017 to chat with Prince Philip at the 75th anniversary of the Outward Bound Trust at Buckingham Palace.

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US actor Tom Cruise (C-L), English model Kate Moss (C), and English footballer David Beckham (C-R) are seen during the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match between Italy and England at the Wembley Stadium in London on July 11, 2021. (Photo by CARL RECINE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CARL RECINE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Though they weren't snapped in the same shot, at the 2020 Euro final football match between Italy and England in July 2021, Cruise (seated near Kate Moss and David Beckham, among others) had a brief interaction with Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George a few rows away.

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Tom Cruise

On May 15, 2022, Cruise manned the microphone at the performance of the Platinum Jubliee Celebrations at the Windsor Horse Show, part of an ITV television special.

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Prince William, Kate Middleton, Tom Cruise
Prince William, Kate Middleton and Tom Cruise. DAN KITWOOD/POOL/AFP/Getty

Four days later, on May 19, Cruise was a gracious host to Will and Kate at the London premiere of Top Gun: Maverick.

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the UK premiere of Top Gun: Maverick at the Odeon Leicester Square, central London

Cruise and Prince William, both aviation enthusiasts, reportedly chatted about their flying experiences at the event.

"We have a lot in common," Cruise said of the prince at the premiere, according to My London. "We both love England and we're both aviators, we both love flying."

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Tom Cruise in the Royal Box on day thirteen of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Saturday July 9, 2022. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images); LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 09, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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Cruise and Kate had another run-in just two months later at the women's final of the 2022 Wimbledon tennis tournament in London, where he sat a few rows behind her.

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