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100 year-old knighted by Queen

Captain Sir Tom Moore has this afternoon received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.The veteran, aged 100, was joined by his family – daughter Hannah Ingram, son-in-law Colin Ingram, grandson Benji and granddaughter Georgia – at the quadrangle at the Castle for the ceremony.

Capt Sir Tom led a fundraising effort that encouraged members of the public to donate tens of millions of pounds to NHS charities via a JustGiving page during the coronavirus lockdown, resulting in £32.7 million being raised.

He received his honour in exceptional circumstances – outside of the usual timescale for knighthoods, and at a time when the pandemic has led to the postponement of all other honours being conferred.

It has marked another special day in an extraordinary few months for the man that Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who made the nomination for the knighthood, described as a “national treasure”.

Captain Sir Thomas Moore arrives prior being awarded with the insignia of Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on July 17, 2020 in Windsor, England. British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore raised over £32 million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Captain Tom Moore arrived at Windsor Castle prior to being awarded with the insignia of Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II. CREDIT: Chris Jackson

Captain Sir Tom Moore received his knighthood from the Queen at 3pm today in the brilliant summer sunshine, and they spent around five minutes in conversation at the ceremony.

As the head of state and the veteran chatted, she was overheard telling the former Army captain: “One hundred is a great age.” The talk turned to national events and the Queen asked: “Have you been shut up – been isolating?”

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