Linking to the article is a problem because I don't know what paper it was in...was just told about it by someone else.
When a 10 year old British boy with Down Syndrome and terminal cancer was given a chance to "make a wish" he asked if he might have afternoon tea with Queen Elizabeth and her corgis.
The Queen couldn't do it, of course, but Helen Mirren, who was appearing in "The Audience" playing Queen Elizabeth, decided she would do the next best thing. She contacted the family and after her show was over, she invited the boy to her suite and, still in full on Queen Elizabeth II make up (and staying completely in character) she had costumed footmen serve herself and her young guest afternoon tea, introduced him to the dogs playing her corgis AND knighted him among other things.
His father says that his son believes he saw the real Queen and hasn't stopped smiling and glowing yet.
And if this isn't completely clear and concise it's because I keep puddling up when I think about it. Helen Mirren is a class act.
I think I want to be her when I grow up.