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Stars shine at Queen's Oz reception

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

They were joined by 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 Queen 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'."

He joked about Elle, whose bikini-clad form appeared many times in American magazine Sports Illustrated, saying: "It's always good to stand next to Elle."

Meanwhile, 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."

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