Noah’s mother, Shelly Wall, said Noah was “so shocked” by Philip’s death, but recognised the situation from his grandfather’s funeral when he was five – when he also wore his bowler hat outfit.
“He made the connection straight away, saying ‘the Queen will be so upset like nana was’,” Mrs Wall said.
“Once we knew about Prince Philip we said ‘shall we watch the funeral on TV?’
“He said ‘yes, I need a white shirt, black tie and black pants and I want to wear the hat I wore for granddad’s funeral’.”
Mrs Wall said it was a coincidence Noah’s hat matched one which Philip wore at the Captain General’s Parade, at Buckingham Palace in London – his final individual public engagement.
Noah sang part of the national anthem while watching the service and his family ate sandwiches and cake after the ceremony at his request.
“Noah really wanted to actually go to the funeral, bless him, but we explained that he wasn’t allowed,” said Mrs Wall.
“We have spent the morning sat with Noah explaining and answering any questions Noah had – what’s the gold hat? Where will Prince Philip be buried? What are the black things on the soldiers’ arms?”
Noah met another member of the royal family, the Countess of Wessex, in October 2017 at the London Palladium through his work with The Music Man Project – a musical education service for children and adults with learning disabilities.
Mrs Wall said the family are “really big fans” of the royal family and some of Noah’s grandparents and great-grandparents were in the military.
“One day it’s Noah’s wish to meet the Queen, the corgis and her horses,” added Mrs Wall.
Noah was born with just 2% functioning brain tissue as a result of a porencephalic cyst in his head.
It was believed he would not survive for long, or be able to talk or eat unaided, but Noah has since made a remarkable recovery, with his brain restoring to 80% functioning tissue.