100-year-old UK fundraiser Captain Tom to be knighted by Queen
In a message on his Twitter account, Capt Sir Tom said: "I could never have imagined 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."
Captain Tom Moore, the 100-year-old who became a national hero in Britain by raising millions of pounds for health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, will become "Sir Tom" later today when he is knighted by Queen Elizabeth in an event at Windsor Castle.
The World War Two veteran raised a record sum of 33 million pounds ($41 million) by walking 100 laps of his garden with the aid of a walking frame in April in the run-up to his landmark birthday.
His endeavour touched the hearts of people in Britain and beyond as they faced the adversity of the coronavirus crisis, prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to nominate Moore for the award.
In a message posted on Twitter, Capt Sir Tom said he "could never have imagined this would happen" and that it would be "the most special of days".
A message from Tom 'I could never have imagined 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 pic.twitter.com/zha2bCIMzi— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) July 15, 2020
Moore, who has been made an honorary colonel and an honorary member of the England cricket team, will receive the ancient accolade at Windsor Castle, where the 94-year-old monarch has been sheltering since March.
Other investitures have been postponed because of the coronavirus and it will be one of the first official duties the queen has carried out since the coronavirus lockdown. Buckingham Palace said the ceremony would take place in private with Moore accompanied by members of his family. People have been asked not to go to Windsor.
The palace said the queen would be using a sword that belonged to her father, George VI, for the ceremony.
According to a BBC report, David Beckham on Saturday paid a visit to Capt Sir Tom as he was named the first member of the Lionhearts squad of heroes. The Football Association scheme aims to "pay homage to inspirational" figures.
Former England skipper Beckham made the trip to Capt Sir Tom's home to hand over a framed football shirt and to say thank you, said the report.