The Queen

Helen Mirren Plays Part of Queen To Grant Boy's Dying Wish

Oliver Burton, 10, had wanted to meet the Queen, but when that wasn't possible, Dame Helen stepped in

05.20.13 9:15 AM ET

The Mail carries an extraordinary story today about Dame Helen Mirren granting the dying wish of a ten-year-old boy by dressing up as the Queen and having him round for tea.

Do click here to read the Mail's full story about how Mirren stepped in after cancer victim Oliver Burton was told the Queen would not be able to meet him at Buckingham Palace.

Dame Helen invited Oliver to see her West End show The Audience in which she plays the Queen and then invited Oliver and mum Catherine Browne backstage where she introduced him to her corgis and her butler served tea. She even knighted the boy, which seems like the best use of a royal honour we have ever heard of.

The Mail reports:

Mother Catherine and father James were so delighted that their son actually thought the actress was the real Queen. His father James Browne said: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us. She was really lovely. She did the whole thing - had a butler there, was dressed in costume and did it all properly for him."