Oliver Burton has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time
Top his bucket list was to visit Buckingham Palace and meet the Queen
When the real HM said she couldn't meet him, Dame Helen stepped in
She paid for Oliver and his family to see her show and had tea and biscuits with them before 'knighting' the ten-year-old
Perpetrating a hoax on a dying ten year old is nice?
That was very sweet of her. I'd rather meet Dame Helen than the real Queen!
This is true to reputation. Helen and Taylor were clients of an ex of mine. He adored them.
R1, the boy is obviously under-developed mentally, so it would probably have been difficult to explain to him what was really going on. The main thing in this scenario was to make the boy happy, which his family and Mirren did. Thanks for doing your R1 duties well, though.
I'm sure a 10 year old was THRILLED to meet Helen Mirren.
It was a nice thing to do, the kid was happy and that was the intention. Leave it to DL to be miserable about it.
[quote] She paid for Oliver and his family to see her show
As IF she doesn't get free tickets!
Why couldn't the real Queen meet him? Seriously how busy and hectic is this pampered, entitled bitch's schedule that she couldn't take the time to meet a dying kid?
[quote] Why couldn't the real Queen meet him?
She'd be at the top of every UK bucket list. If she met one, she'd have to meet them all.
R8, some of us simply don't feel the need to indulge each and every whim of a little brat.
But I bet you would bend over backwards to indulge every whim of Kate and Will's little brat.
Who knew that Ina Garten was really QE II?
[quote]Perpetrating a hoax on a dying ten year old is nice?
Something that someone posted on Gawker "White lies in gray areas overcome black hearts."
On the off chance that the kid ever discovers that he didn't meet the real Queen, his parents can tell him he met a legendary actress and a classy Dame who wanted to make sure he had a special day. The parents were obviously very touched by what she did, and I think that's the take-away from this story.
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How Helen Mirren has grown from the rebel of 50 years ago to the stand-in for HRH. Is she a dame yet? She's certainly a cool old lady these days with still perky nips.
She is a classy lady. After she left the theater to scold the drummers who were interrupting the show to publicize a gay festival, she made a shirt in support of them and advertised the festival by walking around wearing the shirt and being photographed for the news.
She was always a real doll. Amazing woman!
[quote]She knighted him and told everyone that they had to call him Sir Oliver.
What does that lazy queen do that she's so busy she can't meet with a dying kid?
That was an incredible thing for her to do.
Where does it say the kid thought she was the actual queen?
[quote]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.
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Pretty cruel of the Queen to deny a dying boy's wish! What else does she do all day? It would have taken 10 minutes. Helen Mirren is one class act!
The real Queen is a fucking cunt if she couldn't make time to meet a dying subject with a simple wish. For someone who's said to be bound by a sense of duty, Her Majesty is as haughty as they come.
R23 - There are thousands of dying subjects who would like to meet the Queen. Be realistic.
[quote]As IF she doesn't get free tickets!
How absolutely mercenary of you, R7. Are you one of those people who need to know the cost of every gifts given to you? If the giver hasn't spent enough, the gift has no value?
Free tickets to a Helen Mirren play is a wonderful gift. Most of us would be grateful for them.
R24, couldn't there have been some agreement that the queen's visit to the little boy be kept quiet?Yes I know the press would find out some way about the visit, but still there could have been a way which the public wouldn't know.
Remember that book that was written by Andrew Morton ,but he supposedly wrote the book secretly for Lady Diana because she wasn't allowed to write such a book,so she told him what she wanted to say? As I recall, Diana said the queen does not care about her British subjects,and Diana thought that was despicable.
And she promptly told him to SHUT THE FUCK UP!
Oh, just put Helen Mirren on the throne.
I know the queen gets lots of requests but his was a dying 10 year old who has Down's Syndrome and cancer. Seriously.
Lads, the fucking queen can't go to everything - she's asked to go to about a million things every single day of her life. And go to one dying kid and then you've got to go to them all. Sorry it's rude, but it's true.
Americans have VERY strange ideas about the crown. It's often funny to hear them, but also often really baffling.
R30, apparently some of us think English royalty are dependent on their good P.R., like celebrities.
Anyway, I'm always a bit astonished at those who think others owe them because they're dying. Make A Wish is downright creepy and driven by sloppy sentimentality.
Beyond sweet of Dame Helen, who could if she chose edge towards 'Dame of Hearts' status. (There's a vacancy.)
The Queen doesn't really do people in the particular, more in the abstract. Professional deformation.
Anyway, the press guarantees she Does No Wrong, largely. There was that business about Diana, when she had to be persuaded into speaking to camera. There were raised eyebrows at her family's talent for divorce. But we've all moved on, and she's marvellous again forever.
R26, Diana had an axe to grind. She also used that axe to chop her cocaine.
she probably did a much better job than what old betty could have mustered up