This wasn’t a totally random act, unfortunately, but it was a fantastic and inspiring one. Dame Helen Mirren, dressed as Queen Elizabeth and flanked by a butler, invited a 10-year-old terminally ill cancer patient to have tea backstage at her performance in which she plays Queen Elizabeth II, and the Daily Mail reports that he was convinced it was the real deal.
The 67-year-old award winning actress is currently acting in Peter Morgan’s play The Audience, in which Helen plays the queen during a series of talks that Her Royal Highness had with the many prime ministers who have served her over the years. Since she was already playing a very convincing version of the queen, Helen decided to invite 10-year-old Oliver Burton to see her play, and then to join her backstage for tea.
When Helen heard that the young boy’s request to join the real queen for tea had been denied, she stepped in to provide young Oliver with the royal treatment. She sent a limo to escort him to the theater to see her play, and then afterward, she met him backstage for tea — complete with butler, corgis, and all.
“She was really lovely.” Oliver’s father James Browne said of the experience. “She did the whole thing, had a butler there, was dressed in costume, and did it all properly for him.”
“Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us.”
According to The Sun, Oliver has been struggling with cancer since he was first diagnosed at the age of three, moving in and out of remission twice. Now that the disease has invaded his spine and bone marrow, his parents felt like this was the time to grant his dying wish.
At the top of Oliver’s bucket list was tea with the queen, and he got far more than just that, as he was also ‘knighted’ by Dame Helen. So here’s to Sir Oliver Burton! We wish him and his family all the best.
Source: Daily Mail, The Sun
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