Carrick girl becomes 'princess for the day'

Lea-Rose (left) with 'Ariel' and Katelyn (all pictures courtesy of Hever Castle & Gardens).
Lea-Rose (left) with 'Ariel' and Katelyn (all pictures courtesy of Hever Castle & Gardens).

A Carrickfergus girl who has battled ill health saw her dreams come true thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Lea-Rose Officer-Hamilton became a princess for the day at Hever Castle and Gardens, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn in Kent.

Hever Castle.

Hever Castle.

The seven-year-old is back at school after undergoing four rounds of chemotherapy for stage three non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year.

At one point, she spent nine weeks in hospital.

As Lea-Rose loves Disney princesses, her family applied for her to have her dream come true and become a princess for the day through the Make a Wish Foundation.

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

Lea-Rose.

Lea-Rose.

The family enjoyed a horse and carriage ride around the grounds 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 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.”

Olivia, mum Amy, Jai, grandmother Kelly, Katelyn, and Lea-Rose.

Olivia, mum Amy, Jai, grandmother Kelly, Katelyn, and Lea-Rose.

Getting ready for the carriage ride are Olivia, Katelyn, Lea-Rose and Jai.

Getting ready for the carriage ride are Olivia, Katelyn, Lea-Rose and Jai.