For his 4th birthday, Marshall’s mom took him to see the changing of the Queen’s Guard ceremony outside Windsor Castle. But no one expected what would happen when one of the guards spotted the little boy in his replica uniform.
Marhsall and his mom, Imogen, were watching the Queen’s Coldstream guards march through the castle courtyard, but before entering the soldier’s barracks, one of the Coldstream Guards returned and beckoned the boy over and quickly posed for a sweet picture with his little likeness.
“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 birthday boy Marshall.
“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.”
The Coldstream Guards later claimed via a lighthearted Facebook post that it had “a spot reserved” for Marshall for training in 2029.