Let's re-tool the song to read "God save Helen Mirren as the Queen," shall we?
In today's installment of things that make us go awwwwwwww, American dame Helen Mirren took her regal antics off-stage for just a bit in order to fulfill a dying boy's wish.
Ten-year-old Oliver Burton, who's been given just weeks to live with his third round of cancer and who was also born with Down Syndrome, wanted nothing more than to meet the Queen of England. For one reason or another, though, the tyke was not granted an audience with the real royal herself at Buckingham Palace, so Helen Mirren stepped in.
Mirren has been playing the Queen in a West End Stage production of "The Audience," and so she paid for the boy and his family to come watch the show and have a little tea time afterward.
"She stayed in character for the whole thing," the boy's father told the Daily Mail. "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 properly for him."
Mirren might've won her Oscar for crowning it up in 2006's "The Queen," but it sounds like she put together an award-worthy performance indeed for little Oliver.
Reportedly, she even had him knighted and "told everyone that they had to call him Sir Oliver."
Here's a photo of the two, from Ollie's Facebook page.
Queen Elizabeth II has officially been outclassed.