Tom Cruise was photographed with Kate Middleton and Prince William on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival special screening of Top Gun: Maverick.

Cruise is seen politely helping the Duchess of Cambridge up some steps in the shot, and he rubbed elbows with both royals before the beginning of the premiere. Cruise even told reporters earlier he looked forward to meeting Prince William because “we both have a lot in common. We both love England and we’re both aviators, we both love flying.”

Excitement for the film and Cruise’s appearance was palpable on Wednesday night. Upon his entrance to the theater, Cruise received a standing ovation before the movie even began. He was also surprised with an honorary Palm d’Or award after the screening, in recognition of his massive and influential body of acting work.

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