Queen Elizabeth knighted Captain Tom Moore at a special investiture at Windsor Castle on Friday, 17 July 2020, for his fundraising efforts for the NHS, during the coronavirus pandemic.
World War II veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore embarked on 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday with the aim to raise £1,000 (about A$1,800) for NHS Charities Together in April 2020.
He has now raised over and has now raised over £32 million (approximately A$57,500,000) for the NHS and inspired so many people along the way.
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s incredible fundraising achievements were recognised with a Knighthood.
The Queen used a special knighting sword, which belonged to her father, King George VI, whilst observing social distancing, and presented Captain Sir Tom Moore with his insignia of Knight Bachelor.
Captain Tom became an honorary colonel at the Army Foundation College but he will be known, officially, as Captain Sir Thomas Moore, according to Ministry of Defence protocol.
He also became an honorary member of the English cricket team and featured in a cover song, You’ll Never Walk Alone, which reached Number 1 in the UK music charts.
This was Queen Elizabeth’s first official engagement in person since the coronavirus lockdown.
The newly-knighted Captain Sir Tom Moore thanked the Royal Family on Twitter later that day.
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