It’s enough to melt even the toughest soldier’s heart.
One of the British Queen’s Coldstream Guards spotted little birthday boy Marshall Scott wearing a replica uniform and saluting his unit during the “Changing the Guard” ceremony outside Windsor Castle on Wednesday. So he marched back and beckoned him over so they could pose for a photograph.
“It’s not the usual thing to happen while on guard,” admitted Lance Corporal Paul Edden, the guardsman who broke with convention to perform the inspiring act for Marshall who turned 4 on the day.
“Usually I would just take the guardsmen in the guardroom as normal, but my wife and I are expecting a baby boy, and I remembered standing at Edinburgh Castle when I was young hoping to get a picture with a soldier,” Edden told London’s Evening Standard newspaper. “I noticed Marshall in a Coldstream guards uniform, and seeing him coming out made me proud of what I do.”
Imogen Scott, Marshall’s mom, revealed the moment had left her feeling “overwhelmed.” “He is so happy,” she said of her son. “Literally his dreams have come true.”
A group of girls had also sung “Happy Birthday” to Marshall and a family had bought him a soldier teddy bear, she said. And Edden has invited them for a tour of the castle ― which is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s official residences.
The Coldstream Guards later claimed via a lighthearted Facebook post that it had “a spot reserved” for Marshall for training in 2029.