Captain Sir Tom Moore has been knighted in the Queen’s first official engagement in person since lockdown.
The investiture to honour the 100-year-old, who raised more than £32m for NHS charities, was staged in a “unique ceremony” at Windsor Castle. He has been recognised for walking more than 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. Captain Sir Tom, originally from Keighley, West Yorkshire, said it was “an absolutely outstanding day”.” I am absolutely overawed,” he said,” This is such a high award and to get it from Her Majesty as well – what more can anyone wish for? This has been an absolutely magnificent day for me.”
The war veteran raised more than £32m for NHS charities by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April. Boris Johnson said the centenarian had provided the country with “a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus”.
As an honorary colonel, his official title will be Captain Sir Thomas Moore under Ministry of Defence protocol. The knighthood, which has been approved by the Queen and formally confirmed. Capt Tom, who was given the honorary title of colonel on his 100th birthday, had initially set out to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by walking laps of the 25m (82ft) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. But he eventually raised £32,794,701 from more than one and a half million supporters.