Helen Mirren Portrays Queen Elizabeth to Give Boy Dying Wish

May 21, 2013  |  
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Tons of celebrities lend their names to good causes but it’s not often a star is so hands-on with extending kindness to strangers. The New York Daily News reports that actress Dame Helen Mirren had tea and cookies with a boy whose dying wish was to meet Queen Elizabeth II. When the Queen wasn’t able to meet the boy, Mirren, who’s playing the monarch on stage in “The Audience” at London’s West End, stepped in.

Ten-year-old Oliver Burton was diagnosed with leukemia for the third time in his life this past December and doctors gave him just months to live. He told the National Children’s Tumour Leukaemia Cancer Trust he wanted to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The Queen wasn’t available but the Trust called Mirren who was. She sent a limo to pick up Oliver and his family to see her in her show and later gave the family tea and treats in her dressing room. One of the corgis that play one of the Queen’s dogs in the show was there with Oliver as well; he also got an autographed flag.

According to Oliver’s father, Jack Browne, Oliver was happy, believing he’d spent an afternoon with Her Majesty. Mirren told the Sun, a major London newspaper, “It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet such a brave young man.” We’re so touched to see Mirren’s commitment to helping a young boy and we wish Oliver’s family the best during this incredibly difficult time.

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