Her Majesty The Queen will personally confer a Knighthood upon Captain Tom Moore at Windsor Castle on Friday 17th July. Though at the beginning of the UK lockdown, The Royal Family postponed all face-to-face investitures, it appears that The Queen is making an exception for Captain Tom and will host a small celebratory ceremony for him at the Berkshire castle this week.
It is unclear at the moment what social distancing measures will be put in place though it is reported that Captain Tom’s family will accompany him to Windsor. The Queen and Captain Tom are both at the age which puts them at increased risk of catching COVID-19.
Captain Tom posted on Twitter on Wednesday about his excitement over meeting The Queen on Friday, the post read, “I could never imagine this would happen to me. It is such a huge honour and I am very much looking forward to meeting Her Majesty The Queen. It is going to be the most special of days for me. #FridayWillBeAGoodDay.”
News of Captain Tom’s Knighthood came from Downing Street back in May and at the time, Prime Minister Boris Johnson commented, “Colonel Tom’s fantastic fundraising broke records, inspired the whole country and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of Coronavirus. On behalf of everyone who have been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He’s a true national treasure.”
The Queen will carry out the investiture in person and will present Tom with the insignia of Knight Bachelor using the sword that belonged to her father, King George VI.
Her Majesty The Queen gave Captain Tom the honorary title of Colonel on the occasion of his 100th birthday back in April.
Captain Tom Moore raised nearly £33 million for the NHS walking laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.
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