Ain’t nothing like a Dame. Mirren, that is.
Dame Helen Mirren agreed to have tea with 10-year-old Oliver Burton, who has Down Syndrome and has been battling cancer.
Burton was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006, and was recently given a terminal diagnosis, according to a Facebook page set up to support him. But he had one dying wish: To have afternoon tea with the Queen and visit Buckingham Palace, as reported by the Leicester Mercury.
A national trust designed to support cancer-stricken children requested the actual Queen Elizabeth II — who couldn’t work it into her schedule.
So Mirren stepped forward to invite him to the Gielgud Theatre to see her play the Queen — and invited him backstage to share tea and cake and to meet the corgis who star in the play with her. There were even footmen. And naturally, she was in costume the entire time.
“Our incredibly brave Ollie has Tea with The Queen!” the National/Regional Children’s Tumor Leukaemia and Cancer Trust posted on their page.