"This is such a high award and to get it from Her Majesty as well—what more can anyone wish for?"
In April, 100-year-old World War II veteran Tom "Captain Tom" Moore completed 100 laps around his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, to fundraise for the coronavirus crisis. He raised 33 million pounds ($40 million) for the National Health Service and captivated his nation and the world.
After a unique ceremony at Windsor Castle, Captain Tom became Sir Captain Tom, Knight of the Realm. Queen Elizabeth knighted him with the traditional sword tap, but Moore was not required to kneel. Instead, Moore stood firm with his now-iconic walker and infectious smile.
Thank you @RoyalFamily.— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) July 17, 2020
I have been overwhelmed by the many honours I have received over the past weeks, but there is simply nothing that can compare to this, I am overwhelmed with pride and joy. #WindsorCastle https://t.co/gf8IJ1kVkk
"I am absolutely overawed," said Moore. "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 Queen's arrival was announced by bagpipes—the Queen's Piper, Pipe Major Richard Grisdale, of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The Queen personally praised Sir Moore: "Thank you so much, an amazing amount of money you raised." The monarch then used a sword that belonged to her father, George VI, to bestow the insignia of Knight Bachelor upon Captain Sir Tom.
'She was the kindest person you could ever wish to meet.' @captaintommoore tells @benshephard and @kategarraway what it was like to meet the Queen when he received his knighthood on Friday.— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) July 20, 2020
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The ceremony also marked the first time that the Queen has made a public appearance since June. The 94-year-old monarch has been sheltering during the COVID-19 pandemic alongside her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Buckingham Palace said it was the first time a knighting had been held in a socially-distanced format.
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