Gah! If you don’t already love Helen Mirren, 1) what’s wrong with you?, 2) you will after reading this. After Oliver Burton, a 10-year-old British boy with Down’s syndrome and terminal cancer, was denied his dying wish of having tea with Queen Elizabeth, Dame Helen Mirren stepped in as Her Royal Highness and happily spent the afternoon eating cookies and sipping (what we can only assume was) Earl Grey with the young gent.
According to Gawker, “Mirren brought Oliver and his family to Gielgud Theatre to see her play the Queen in Peter Morgan’s The Audience. Still dressed as the Queen, she then invited Oliver backstage to have tea and cakes (served by footmen!) and meet her corgis. Mirren even took the time to knight Oliver, giving him the official title of Sir.”
Mirren told The Sun, “It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet such a brave young man.” The paper notes, “The family have raised £10,000 for special trips for Oliver through the National Children’s Tumour Leukaemia Cancer Trust, which arranged the visit with Dame Helen.”
I get all teary just thinking about how awesome Mirren is for doing this! Check out Gawker and The Sun for more photos of Oliver’s encounter with his Queen.
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