Helen Mirren Dresses As Queen, Has Tea With Dying Child
Earlier this year, the National Children’s Tumour Leukaemia Cancer Trust wrote a letter to the Queen asking if she would fulfill a young boy’s dying request to meet her. Unfortunately, because of her schedule and the sheer volume of letters she receives, the Queen was unable to agree to Oliver Burton’s request. Luckily, thanks to some quick thinking and the generosity of a beloved actress, the little guy was still able to have tea and biscuits with the Queen.
According to The Daily Mail, the NCTLCT wrote a letter to a Helen Mirren after receiving the Queen’s no and asked if she would dress up as the Queen and meet with the ten-year-old who also has Downs Syndrome. She quickly agreed to the request, and recently, the two had their meeting after one of the performances of her West End show in which she plays the monarch. By all accounts, the evening was an absolute home run. Mirren even signed the little guy’s flag and spent a substantial amount of time with him.
Throughout his short life, Burton has encountered one health problem after another. On two separate occasions, doctors told his family members to say their goodbyes, but like a true fighter, he just keeps battling back. This current battle with cancer, his third, is expected to take his life within a matter of weeks or months, but considering how often he’s defied the odds, I wouldn’t count him out just yet.
We’ve all known Mirren as a wonderful actress for decades. It’s nice to know she’s just as wonderful (and quirky) beneath all that talent too.