Dame Helen Mirren, who played Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 movie "The Queen" and is currently starring as her in the West End play "The Audience," recently stayed in character for a visit with a 10-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome who is dying of cancer.
Young Oliver Burton wanted to meet the actual queen, but she wasn't available. So Mirren stepped in, inviting Burton and his family to her play and then drinking pop and sharing tea sandwiches with him after the show. The show's corgi canine stars, Coco and Roco, also made an appearance, according to the Daily Mail.
"She stayed in character for the whole thing," James Browne, Oliver's father, told the paper. "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."
Oliver was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2003 and has twice beat the disease. The paper reported that his most recent diagnosis is grim.