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Seven-year-old with cancer becomes Hever princess

by Fred Latty

Seven-year-old with cancer becomes Hever princess

Hever Castle welcomed Lea-Rose, who has undergone treatment for lymphoma

Lea-Rose Officer-Hamilton had her dream come true when she came to Hever Castle & Gardens to eat chicken wraps ‘like a princess’.

The seven-year-old from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland underwent four rounds of chemotherapy for stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year, spending up to nine weeks in hospital at once.

Her family applied for her to become a princess for the day through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Lea-Rose arrived at Hever with her mum, Amy Wells, grandmother Kelly Sloan and her brother, Jai (4), and sisters Katelyn (6) and Olivia (1) on Monday March 19.

The family enjoyed a horse and carriage ride around the grounds of Anne Boleyn’s childhood home, before going into the castle to meet ‘Ariel’ (Grace Liston from Melody’s Princess Parties) to play some games and learn about becoming a princess.

Lea-Rose had her very own throne in the spectacular castle dining hall to enjoy a feast of chicken wraps, crisps, special glittery princess shoe biscuits and ice cream cupcakes.

Her mum Amy, 24, said: “She thinks she is a princess and wanted to be a princess for the day. For me, it’s good to see a smile on her face, for her to get that experience.”