Edinburgh schoolboy thrilled after King brands him 'favourite Scout'

King Charles III shakes hands with George
-Credit: (Image: Scouts South East Scotland)

A dedicated Edinburgh schoolboy was thrilled after King Charles told him he was his "favourite Scout".

George Beattie, 8, met the King at an Edinburgh900 event held at the castle. He became one of the first Scouts to meet Charles since he became Patron of the Scout Association.

While meeting, George explained his many achievements with his Scouts group - which includes 24 activity badges, 15 staged badges, 6 challenge badges and multiple awards.

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The King, clearly impressed, stated: "You are now my favourite Scout."

While meeting with the rest of the Scout Party, His Majesty asked about new members. He queried: "Are we being successful in recruitment in the Scouts?"

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George, a member of 44th Braid Scout Group, said: “I feel very proud to be the first to achieve this prestigious award and truly delighted to meet The King and Queen.”

His mother, Dianne, added: "George absolutely loves Scouting and was an eager Beaver from the start.

George Beattie, 8
George Beattie, 8 -Credit:Scouts South East Scotland

"Following his brother William's enthusiasm to participate in the weekly programme and work on badges at home, George also made himself very busy! We are fortunate to be part of such a hardworking and enthusiastic Scout group with dedicated leaders who encourage the development of skills and experiences."

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Lucy Stewart, Beaver Team Leader at 44th Braid said: “George's dedication and enthusiasm have been truly inspiring.

"He has shown what can be achieved with determination and a passion for learning. We are all incredibly proud of him and his achievements.”