Who needs the Queen when you've got Helen Mirren?

The award-winning actress is currently starring in a play in which she plays the Queen. Mirren invited a terminally-ill boy Oliver and his family to London, paid for them to come from Leicester and see her show, and organised an unforgettable treat for Oliver

FP Staff May 23, 2013 15:01:27 IST
Who needs the Queen when you've got Helen Mirren?

Oliver Burton, 10, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was three. The little boy has been battling cancer since then and even though he's defied the doctors' predictions for years, things look grim for him now.

The cancer has relapsed and this time, his doctors are sadly certain that he has only weeks or at best months to live. So little Oliver drew up a bucket list and on top of that list was meeting the Queen Elizabeth II. However, when the queen didn't grant Oliver his request, Dame Helen Mirren stepped in.

Who needs the Queen when youve got Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren. Reuters.

The award-winning actress is currently starring in a play in which she plays the Queen. Mirren invited Oliver and his family to London, paid for them to come from Leicester and see her show, and organised an unforgettable treat for Oliver. After the show, the Burtons were taken backstage so that Oliver could meet Mirren who remained dressed as the queen of Britain.

To make everything more convincing, Mirren brought the corgis from her stage show in to play with Oliver and a butler was present to serve sandwiches and tea. Given her portrayal of Elizabeth II won Mirren an Oscar in 2006, it's no surprise that Oliver was convinced he'd met real royalty. Not just that, Mirren knighted the little boy Sir Oliver and told everyone present to refer to him as 'sir'. Oliver's delighted parents told The Daily Mail that Mirren stayed in character through the whole thing.

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