Could the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, insert herself into the Alfie Evans story, and help the baby currently suffering at the hands of the NHS to get the help he needs? That’s the question on many a mind right now, and one petition shows that it’s on the minds of hundreds of thousands.

A petition at Change.org is currently approaching 300,000 signatures that appeal to the Queen to reach out with her royal influence and push the British powers that be into releasing the sick child from captivity at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

The petition was started by Keyleigh Price and Thomas Evans, the latter who writes to the Queen directly in the description for the petition:

To Her Majesty in Parliament:
We the undersigned humbly petition Your Majesty for protection of life and liberty of your 23-months-old subject Alfie Evans.
The judges in Your Majesty’s Courts have given orders:
* to kill Alfie on an appointed hour at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool by withdrawing his life support;
* for the day and hour of that killing to be kept secret from the public to avoid any protest or hinderance; and
* for Alfie to be detained in Alder Hey until his death – any attempt to release him to be resisted by force, and punished by imprisonment.
These cruel orders are not authorised by any law ever passed in a democratic Parliament. Instead, the said judges pretend to exercise Your Majesty’s ancient autocratic jurisdiction over the life and death of your subjects.
As loyal subjects, we refuse to believe that Your Majesty would ever command such evil deeds to be done; and we denounce Alfie’s death sentence and imprisonment as a seditious usurpation against Your Majesty and the law of the land.
There is no time to spare anymore.
We shall patiently await Your Majesty’s royal protection and justice; and in the meantime, Alfie’s Army and the good people of Liverpool will not sit back and allow this to happen. I can not stop them from now joining up and demonstrating outside alder hey again to do their utmost to defend Alfie against all those who prepare to take his life in the next 24 hours.!

Evans finishes by saying that should the Queen remain silent it would be a sign that she is signing off on this kind of treatment for her people.

It is unlikely the Queen will actually step in and do anything about this in any legal capacity as her royal powers are, in reality, limited to the point where she unable to order the courts to do anything.

What she does have, however, is a lot of influence. Should the queen call the proper official to the palace for a chat in Alfie’s favor, there’s a strong chance that Alfie would suddenly find himself on a flight to Rome.

While it’s a long shot, intervention by the Queen would be something of a miraculous turn around for the story, and Alfie could use all the miracles he can get right now. Currently, the Royal Family is celebrating the birth of  Prince William and Duchess Kate’s baby. There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that should their baby suffer any illness that it would be on the first flight to whatever country it would need to go to for treatment.

It would be a strong show of kindness and solidarity with her people if the Queen would allow the same for Alfie Evans.