Queen Elizabeth was spotted by Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump on surprise visit to London, fans say in viral snap


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Queen Elizabeth may have received an unexpected guest during her surprise visit to Paddington Station in London.

On Tuesday, a royal correspondent for The Times of London tweeted a photo he took of the 96-year-old, who officially opened the new Elizabeth line named in his honour.

“The Queen, beautiful in yellow,” Valentine Low tweeted.

However, many eagle-eyed Twitter users spotted what appeared to be the iconic Tom Hanks character lurking in the background. The mysterious man, at first glance, appears to bear an uncanny resemblance to Gump, a character from the hit 1994 film that follows him as he witnesses several historical events.

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Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) continues to witness major historical events, including Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.
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The Queen made appearances to coincide with the Platinum Jubilee, which marks her 70 years on the throne. This makes Elizabeth Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

“I had to zoom in to check if it was Forrest Gump,” one user tweeted.

“Mum always said meeting the Queen was like a box of chocolates,” another joked.

“And then I met the Queen of England, again,” another shared.

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“Good to know he’s still around, Al!” another commented.

“This one is going to run and run,” added another.

Twitter user @SkillsMcGill was among the first to take note of what many joked about Gump’s presence. The photo has since gone viral.

A spokesperson for Hanks, 65, did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. The actor is on the poster of the next musical biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann entitled “Elvis”, where he plays the manager of Colonel Tom Parker.

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Queen Elizabeth II uses an Oyster card machine as she attends the official opening of the Elizabeth Line at Paddington Station on May 17, 2022 in London.

Queen Elizabeth II uses an Oyster card machine as she attends the official opening of the Elizabeth Line at Paddington Station on May 17, 2022 in London.
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Buckingham Palace called Elizabeth’s visit a “happy development”, noting that “organizers have been advised of the possibility that she may attend”. Palace officials have previously shared that she has been experiencing “episodic mobility issues” in recent months and has struggled to move around.

The new east-west rail line will open to the public on May 24.

Elizabeth’s public appearances are being closely watched as Britain gears up for the Platinum Jubilee with four days of celebrations from June 2-5.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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