Helen Mirren Knights Dying Boy, Fulfills His Final Wish

    May 22, 2013
    Zach Walton
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Oliver Burton is a 10-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time. He’s dying, and doesn’t have much time left. His final wish was to meet Queen Elizabeth II, which turned out to be impossible, so Dame Helen Mirren stepped in to grant him his wish.

The Daily Mail reports that Mirren, who is currently playing the queen in a stage show, met with Burton in full costume and makeup recently. She had tea with him and then knighted him as Sir Oliver Burton. He even got to play with her two corgis.

It’s unfortunate that Burton didn’t get to meet the real queen, but he reportedly didn’t know the difference. To him, Mirren was the real deal, and he was thrilled to meet her. Burton’s parents were even happier saying that Mirren “stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real queen, and well, that’s good enough for us.”

Unfortunately, Burton may just have weeks or months to live as his latest bout with cancer has been deemed incurable by doctors. That being said, he has come through two previous bouts where doctors said he had hours to live. He may pull through yet again.

Even if the worst comes to pass, Burton’s parents are determined to fill what may be his final weeks with wonderful memories. It’s gonna be hard to top meeting the “queen,” but his parents have some ideas.

[Image: Angela George]

  • JANE

    God bless Helen Mirren !!!

  • ronnie

    Boo on the the i would hot even call that she could have invited him to the castle to have tea i guess to busy for a 10 min viste

  • L

    Good for her.

  • http://yahoo Ann

    It’s a shame the real queen couldn’t meet this amazing young man. It is, however, totally awesome that someone else took the initiative to make this young man last wish come true. God Bless this precious young man. I hope he can beat the odds. Prayers for him will be said by our family and friends. Best of luck to him and his family. :~(

    • carole

      the real queen would have been besieged with those requests had she granted oliver his wish.

  • http://n/a Roxanne Jean Barrymore

    what sweet parents to try so hard to make their child’s life special for him. the Queen must’ve had other matters to attend to. afterall, children die everyday and if she visited each one of them, she’d have time to do nothing else. That may be harsh, but it’s true. Enter the professional actress: that’s what they are FOR !!!!! And I really like this one, too.

  • doris duke

    i think that the queen could have found a few minuets of her time to see the child, even if the meeting was arranged during one of her public apperances. i think that even our president would have done that.

  • Old Lady Who

    I would almost bet that this boy is in America. Obviously he’s too ill to travel, and if the real Queen came here to visit him it would cause such an uproar in her own country. Every sick and dying child would want a personal visit. She’s what, 85? and still running a country. Bless Helen Mirren—a wonderful actress and compassionate person. He’s happy and that’s all that matters. Don’t go bashing the Queen for something that she couldn’t do.

  • steve turner

    Helen Mirren is truly a gracious lady, ther world needs more people like her. Long Live Queen Helen!