Captain Sir Tom Moore has been knighted in the Queen’s first official engagement in person since lockdown.
The 100-year-old Second World War veteran earned himself the honour after raising almost £33m for the NHS as it battled to cope with the coronavirus crisis.
Capt Sir Tom, originally from Keighley, West Yorkshire, said it was “the most special of days for me”.
The Queen knights Sir Tom pic.twitter.com/K85fKvx5pU
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The Royal reporter captured the moment as Captain Moore made his way to be knighted.
“I could never have imagined this would happen to me. It is such a huge honour and I am very much looking forward to meeting Her Majesty The Queen,” he said earlier in the week. “It is going to be the most special of days for me.”
The Queen, 94, has been staying at Windsor during the COVID-19 pandemic for her safety, but carried out the official engagement in person.
She knighted Moore with her father’s sword, and praised him for his fundraising efforts, saying: “Thank you so much, an amazing amount of money you raised,” according to media there.
Earlier, the veteran had tweeted that he was “ready and raring to go for what is a very special day.”
Sir Moore was accompanied by his family including is daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, son-in-law Colin Ingram, grandson Benji and granddaughter Georgia.
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