Cheshire boy, 8, likely to have been first outside Royal Family to make Promise to King – Cheshire Live

A young boy from Cheshire could well be the first in the world to have made his Cub Scout Promise to the King. Noah Davies, eight, was preparing to make his Promise on the evening of Thursday, September 8 when the sad news broke of the Queen ‘s passing.

Now making your Cub Scout Promise is a poignant moment for any youngster, but it has become all the more so for Noah after he made his Promise to the King in what could be the first such investiture in the world.

Noah had been excitedly preparing for his investiture ceremony for months and his proud family had all come along to join him to share in this special moment. But as the sad news of the Queen’s passing was announced by Buckingham Palace at 6.30pm that evening, Cub Scout leaders at Noah’s pack in Macclesfield were quick to respond.

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As the nation went into 10 days of mourning, they amended the Cub Scout Promise to honour the accession of the new King Charles III. Noah’s proud parents Mark and Lynsey Davies told CheshireLive that they were incredibly proud of Noah for the way he handled all of this.

Noah has been a member of the 1st Sutton St James Cubs in Sutton, near Macclesfield, for several months now.

Dad Mark, who also has a son Oscar, 11, and daughter Rose, five, said: “Noah has been going to Cubs for a while now and he just happened to have his investiture on the evening of Thursday, September 8. He was down to have his investiture first and to give his Cub Scout Promise at 7.30pm. Obviously, during the time we were there we heard the sad news about the Queen and the cub scout leaders had to make the Promise one to the King rather than the Queen.

“I don’t think he really knew what was going on at the time as he is only eight but the scout leader managed to read out the amended Promise to him so he could follow and he managed to not stumble over his words. I can’t imagine there were many other investitures in that time frame.

“I spoke to him about it afterwards and he said ‘I think the Queen’s died and we have a new King’. He had been practising his Promise for the investiture but it had been to the Queen.

“It was a really moving ceremony as it brought home even closer to us the sad news about the passing of the Queen. It is incredible to think that it might have been the first to make a Promise to the King too.

“Noah has watched some of the coverage and has been sad about it. It’s lovely to see that he and the rest of the cubs have also been paying their respects by making a big Union Jack flag out of their handprints. This is going to be hung in the village, which is a lovely way to pay their respects to the Queen.

“We will also be watching the Queen’s state funeral from home.”

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