When Leslie Nielsen Chased Queen Elizabeth II in 'Naked Gun'

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'The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!'

As the monarch turns 90, remembering the 1988 slapstick comedy featuring Jeannette Charles as the queen.

Queen Elizabeth II turned 90 on Thursday, and while people celebrated around the globe, fans of the Naked Gun series remembered the importance her character played in the first film. 

Lt. Frank Drebin, played by the late legendary Leslie Nielsen, had his hands full in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! trying to protect Queen Elizabeth II, played by Jeannette Charles, when she visited Los Angeles. 

The 1988 slapstick comedy directed by David Zucker also starred Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, Ricardo Montalban and, yes, O.J. Simpson.

In the film, there is a plot to assassinate the queen by evildoer Vincent Ludwig, portrayed by the late Montalban.

The queen's character got plenty of screen time and was featured in some of the most classic jokes, including throwing out maybe the best first pitch ever. 

The real Queen Elizabeth II attended her first baseball game in the U.S. in May 1991 when the Oakland A's played Baltimore Orioles. 

Nielsen met the real queen in 2005.

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