Last night, a reception was held at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Outward Bound Trust which was attended by the Duke of Edinburgh and surprise guest, Tom Cruise.
The Outward Bound Trust helps youth from different backgrounds fulfil their potential through “outdoor residential courses and outdoor centres” making them the”UK’s leading provider of bursary-assisted outdoor learning.”
In addition, the Trust offers courses for young people to use as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
The Duke of Edinburgh,95, was been Patron of Outward Bound Trust since 1999, before that he was Chairman of Trustees for the Trust. The Duke of York succeeded his father as Chairman of Trustees and still holds the position to this day.
Actor Tom Cruise, 54, of such films as Mission: Impossible and Top Gun is a supporter of Outward Bound.
The two seemed to get along famously, Cruise was very relaxed and chatted to Prince Philip for some time with his hands in his pockets. The film star had the honour of introducing the Duke for the evening, unannounced to the rest of the dinner guests.
Buckingham Palace said: “He was invited as he is a supporter of the Outward Bound Trust.”
Both men were well dressed for the night’s events in black tuxedos and bow ties, looking as they could co-star together in the next Mission: Impossible sequel.
A source told People magazine that “It was a lovely evening for a worthy cause.”
Adding on that Tom Cruise “had a great time.”
Additional guests of the dinner included supporters of the Trust like Deputy Patron Lord Kirkham, who founded and is chairman of the sofa retailer DFS.
Along with Lord Kirkham, Sir Chris Bonington is also a Deputy Patron.