Buckingham Palace issued a statement on social media following the passing of Army veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore on Tuesday, 2 February 2021.

Arise Sir Tom! Queen Elizabeth knights Captain Tom Moore at Windsor Castle whilst maintaining social distancing. Photo: Facebook/The Royal Family

The 100-year-old, who raised over £32 million (nearly A$57.5 million) for NHS charities, was admitted to Bedford Hospital on Sunday, 31 January, after testing positive for coronavirus last week.

According to BBC News, Captain Sir Tom’s daughters announced his death, saying the last year of his life had been ‘nothing short of remarkable’.

His family told BBC News that Captain Sir Tom was unable to be vaccinated for coronavirus as he was currently on medication for pneumonia.

The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them.

The British Monarchy via Facebook

Captain Sir Tom won the hearts of the British nation by walking 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine in Bedford during 2020 during the first coronavirus lockdown to raise money.

Queen Elizabeth personally invested Captain Tom at Windsor Castle as a Knight Bachelor on 17 July 2020.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described Captain Tom as a ‘hero in the truest sense of the word’ and praised the veteran for military service and fundraising efforts.

Source: Twitter/Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister also announced the flags above 10 Downing Street would be flown at half-mast as a sign of respect.

Captain Sir Tom Moore was a hero in the truest sense of the word. In the dark days of the Second World War he fought for freedom and in the face of this country’s deepest post-war crisis he united us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit.

It is quite astonishing that at the age of 100 he raised more than £32 million for the NHS, and so gave countless others their own chance to thank the extraordinary men and women who have protected us through the pandemic.

He became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world. Our thoughts are with his daughter Hannah and all his family.

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

May Captain Sir Tom Moore rest in peace.

Captain Sir Thomas Moore 30 April 1920 – 2 February 2021

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