Hugh and Elle's Palace date with the Queen

Friday October 14, 2011

Hugh Jackman and supermodel Elle Macpherson have brought a touch of A-list magic to Buckingham Palace.

They were joined by other Australian stars including Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood and singer Jason Donovan for a glittering reception hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The monarch held the event ahead of her 11-day day tour Down Under, which begins next week and will see her open a meeting of Commonwealth leaders.

Hugh said after meeting the Queen: "She was talking about the flight (to Australia), about travelling. I wanted to ask her if she was stopping off but didn't think I was meant to ask questions.

"I did say 'have a great trip to Australia' and she said 'thank you, I'm excited about it'."

Elle, whose bikini-clad form appeared many times in American magazine Sports Illustrated, also drew the X-Man's attention.

"It's always good to stand next to Elle," joked Hugh.

When it came to the subject of Strictly, outspoken judge Craig suggested the Queen should be fox-trotting on the show.

Asked if she watched the weekly dance competition, he replied: "Of course she does", adding: "The challenge will be getting her on the show."

Also at the event was Australian author Kathy Lette, who arrived dressed in a remarkable above the knee white outfit covered in a Corgi in a Crown motif.

Photo:©PA

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