Captain Tom Moore has been knighted! The 100-year-old national treasure received the honour at Windsor Castle on Friday, July 17. Originally, the Royal Family had postponed all investitures in June and July, but an exception was made for Captain Tom.
The veteran and fundraiser's story made headlines worldwide in April when he launched a fundraising walk in his garden in the lead up to his 100th birthday. With an initial goal of £1,000, he ultimately raised £32 million for the NHS.
The Queen knights Captain Tom Moore
The centenarian headed out to Windsor Castle on Friday and met the Queen for the ceremony. "It's going to be absolutely marvellous for me," Moore told a camera crew on Friday. Safety for the 94-year-old Queen and 100-year-old Moore was the top priority at the investiture, which was limited to an audience of family and photographers.
It was also the Queen's first in-person event since she entered lockdown at Windsor Castle in March. The monarch and the honouree were all smiles on the occasion too, as she conferred knighthood on Moore with the sword of her father, King George VI.
"Arise, Captain Sir Thomas Moore!"
Captain Tom was then presented with the insignia of Knight Bachelor, which he proudly posed with afterward. Moore, whom the Royal Family has now addressed as Captain Sir Thomas Moore, gathered with his family for more pictures before departing. Attendees followed social distancing guidelines.
Footage of the Queen conferring knighthood on Captain Tom is included below.
The Royal Family's social media pages also honoured Moore with posts highlighting his military service and some of the best photos of the event. Congratulations on the well-deserved honour, Captain Sir Tom!