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"I'm still Captain Tom … not SIR Tom": Fundraising hero strikes honorary title


National hero Captain Sir Tom Moore spent tea at Castle Hotel Windsor yesterday afternoon after being knighted by the Queen, calling the honor "something very special".

Captain Tom enjoyed tea and cake at the prestigious hotel and was accompanied by his family, which included his daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren, who were photographed to celebrate tea, cake and a glass or two of sparkling wine.

It is believed that he "politely" declined an afternoon tea offer with the Queen at Windsor Castle in favor of a celebration with his family.

He said today that despite his new title from Her Majesty, he still would rather be known as Captain Tom than Sir Tom.

"I'm still Captain Tom," he said, speaking to BBC Breakfast on Saturday. "I think it's easy. People will remember, just Captain Tom, or if we get a little closer, just Tom. & # 39;

On the day of his knighthood, Captain Sir Tom Moore visited the Castle Hotel Windsor with tea and cake. After receiving the honor, he said he had no intention of taking a break

Captain Tom was accompanied by his family for tea that day, including his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore (second from right), son-in-law Colin Ingram-Moore (right), grandson Benjie (left) and granddaughter Georgia (second left)

Captain Tom was accompanied by his family for tea that day, including his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore (second from right), son-in-law Colin Ingram-Moore (right), grandson Benjie (left) and granddaughter Georgia (second left)

ITV's royal editor, Chris Ship, tweeted yesterday: “My favorite news of the day: the queen had offered to host tea for Captain Tom Moore after his knighthood – but he already had other plans with his family. So politely declined !! & # 39;

When he described the events at Windsor Castle yesterday, he said that receiving the knighthood during the open air ceremony was a "wonderful day".

He added: “You can never imagine what it is like to be so close to the Queen, who is an absolute dream of a person.

When asked what it means for Her Majesty to rarely appear in public during the coronavirus crisis, he said: "We were very amused and to have this honor is really something very special."

“It was absolutely amazing that she bothered to come out on this one occasion. It was absolutely superb and it is impossible to give her all the thanks I feel for the honor she gave me when she came out in the sun yesterday. It was really a great day and she was really a wonderful person, ”he said.

But would he be willing to share what he, the Queen, discussed at their meeting, asked Charlie Stayt of BBC Breakfast, to whom Captain Tom said, "No, not at all. The Queen and I had a little private conversation and it will stay between the two of us forever. It was very nice of you to ask the question, but I will not give you an answer. & # 39;

Speaking to BBC Breakfast on Saturday, as pictured above, Captain Sir Tom Moore said he was happy to still be known as "Captain Tom" since it is easiest to remember

Captain Sir Tom Moore spoke to BBC Breakfast on Saturday (see picture above) and said he was happy to still be known as "Captain Tom" since it is easiest to remember

Tom appeared at breakfast with his family, including his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and grandson Benjie and granddaughter Georgia.

He continued that he did not intend to rest after being knighted and that he was "thrilled that this gave hope to people".

“I've been a very optimistic person all my life – I've always believed things would get better – and I tell everyone – tomorrow will be a good day.

“We are not entitled to a respite, because so many people are still so kindly interested and still contribute to our cause. No, rest is not in the order of things. I'm afraid you have to stay with me for a while now. & # 39;

Sir Moore was knighted by the Queen, who arrived straight from the wedding of her granddaughter Princess Beatrice in an unprecedented personal ceremony in recognition of his £ 33m fundraiser for the NHS.

The exceptional year of World War II veterans was crowned when Her Majesty described him as a knight with her father's sword, George VI, in a unique ceremony, which was held outdoors for the first time, to reduce the risk of coronavirus spread .

The 100-year-old former army officer and his family took place in the imposing backdrop of the square at Windsor Castle.

The Queen shielded much of the lock with the Duke of Edinburgh at her Berkshire home, and the event was her first personal royal engagement with a member of the public since March.

Her Majesty left the wedding of her granddaughter Prince Beatrice to stage the rare outdoor investment upon her arrival announced by the sound of bagpipes played by the Queen's Piper, Pipe Major Richard Grisdale, of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The queen spoke briefly to Sir Tom and then the family gathered for a chat with her. The queen said, "A hundred is a great age." Sir Tom replied, "You still have a long way to go." The Queen was also heard saying, "Anyway, it's a nice day. Good luck. & # 39;

Just a few hours earlier, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other close relatives attended the unannounced wedding of their granddaughter Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a nearby chapel.

The queen, who was still wearing the same outfit she had worn at Beatrice's wedding, told Sir Tom and his family that the wedding was "very nice" and added: "My granddaughter married this morning, both Philip and I managed to get there – very nice. & # 39;

The Queen hosted the informal ceremony and talked to Sir Tom and his family for about five minutes. She praised the veterans, as she said: & # 39; Thank you, an amazing amount of money you have collected. & # 39;

Before the ceremony, Sir Tom was joking when he left his Bedfordshire home: "If I kneel I'll never get up again."

Her Majesty beamed when she honored the 100-year-old veteran during the unprecedented ceremony

Her Majesty beamed when she honored the 100-year-old veteran during the unprecedented ceremony

The 94-year-old Queen chatted animatedly with Sir Tom and family at the personal ceremony on Friday at Windsor Castle

The 94-year-old Queen chatted animatedly with Sir Tom and family at the personal ceremony on Friday at Windsor Castle

Proud family: Sir Tom with his family, from left: Colin Ingram-Moore, Benjie Ingram-Moore, Sir Tom Moore, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Georgia Ingram-Moore

Proud family: Sir Tom with his family, from left: Colin Ingram-Moore, Benjie Ingram-Moore, Sir Tom Moore, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Georgia Ingram-Moore

Before the ceremony, Sir Tom was joking when he left his Bedfordshire home: "If I kneel, I will never get up again."

Before the ceremony, Sir Tom was joking when he left his Bedfordshire home: "If I kneel, I will never get up again."

Sir Tom was accompanied by his family to the ceremony that took place after he was called the hero of the nation for his fundraisers

Sir Tom was accompanied by his family to the ceremony that took place after he was called the hero of the nation for his fundraisers

Sir Tom laughed and joked with spectators after the knight ceremony held in his honor. He is pictured with his family

Sir Tom laughed and joked with spectators after the knight ceremony held in his honor. He is pictured with his family

Colonel Tom received the knighthood when he was accompanied by his grandson Benji, daughter Hannah and granddaughter Georgia

Colonel Tom received the knighthood when he was accompanied by his grandson Benji, daughter Hannah and granddaughter Georgia

Captain Sir Tom Moore was knighted by the Queen in recognition of his outstanding achievement, with which he raised nearly £ 33 million for the NHS

Captain Sir Tom Moore was knighted by the Queen in recognition of his outstanding achievement, with which he raised nearly £ 33 million for the NHS

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Segrave greeted Sir Tom in the square as they waited for the monarch to arrive

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Segrave greeted Sir Tom in the square as they waited for the monarch to arrive

The 100-year-old World War II veteran was knighted after earning £ 33 million for healthcare charities

Captain Moore is pictured in the middle during his time in the army. He joined the armed forces in 1940 at the age of 20

Captain Moore is pictured in the middle during his time in the army. He joined the armed forces in 1940 at the age of 20

The Queen leaves the Royal Lodge in Windsor after the wedding of her granddaughter Princess Beatrice to meet Captain Tom Moore as a knight

The Queen leaves the Royal Lodge in Windsor after the wedding of her granddaughter Princess Beatrice to meet Captain Tom Moore as a knight

After the ceremony, Sir Tom paused for a refreshment in the castle and returned vigorously to the square, giving a series of interviews to the waiting press.

He said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed, this is such a high award, and to get it from Her Majesty – what more could anyone ask for? This was an absolutely great day for me. & # 39;

When asked what was better to collect more than £ 30 million or have the queen unlocked to give him the honor, Sir Tom replied, "The money is very useful, but you only have one queen and if You receive a message from the Queen, no value can be placed on it. & # 39;

The veteran continued: “Hitting the Queen was more than anyone could have expected. I never thought I would get so close to the Queen and get such a kind message from her that was really excellent, it was really excellent. & # 39;

Room of Hope for the World: How the hero of World War II became a beacon in the darkest days of the planet

The story of Captain Tom was rare good news in a world full of fear of the coronavirus pandemic, in which hundreds of thousands of people were killed worldwide.

People from 53 different countries donated millions to Captain Tom Moore's fundraiser for the NHS – and the amount continued to grow even after he reached his goal of 100 rounds of his garden.

The World War II veteran completed his lap goal on April 16 at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire – one night before his 100th birthday on April 30.

Captain Moore's story has been picked up by newspapers and television channels around the world, from The Times of Israel to The Phuket News in Thailand.

Captain Moore raised over £ 31m on his JustGiving site, although he had an original goal of £ 1,000 at the start of his fundraiser.

The fundraiser started on April 9th ​​and soon reached its original destination within the first 24 hours.

Sir Tom accepted the media questions, but when asked to reveal the Queen's personal message, he kept his lips tight.

& # 39; No. It's between the queen and me, "he said." I don't think I'm going to tell anyone what she said. It was only the queen and I spoke privately and it was a great honor to be able to speak to everything. & # 39;

Sir Tom thanked his supporters who had helped him raise the massive sum for the NHS. He said the queen emphasized the following: "She mentioned the money and she thought it was a great sum to raise."

As he thought about the journey that led him from the local fundraiser to chivalry, he said, “If you think I was just Tom Moore about four months ago, now I am Sir Tom Moore, no one could have believed it It would happen to me.

"It is a great honor for me that this should happen and I am thrilled that this has happened. I thank all of you who have subscribed to the fund. I appreciate it very much and thank you all very much."

At the end of his press interviews, Sir quipped, "Is that all?" after being told that he had answered his last question.

And when a journalist said it was probably too hot for him in the sun, he looked down at his war medals and joked, "All this metal work reflects the heat."

Sir Tom answered one last question to reveal that he and the 94-year-old monarch had been talking about age: "You mentioned that I am 100 and I said to her," Well, you still have a long way to go . "So she's fine. & # 39;

The monarch was joined by the housekeeper, the retired Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, who bore the insignia of the knight bachelor, while one of the Queen's sides with the sword of King George VI. Was entrusted.

Sir Tom and his family – daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, son-in-law Colin Ingram, grandson Benjie and granddaughter Georgia were waiting.

When the head of state chatted, she heard the former army captain, who celebrated his centenary a few months ago, saying, "One hundred is a great age."

The conversation was about national events, and the Coronavirus and the Queen, who had sought refuge with Philip in Windsor, asked, "Have you been locked up – isolated?"

The family of the fundraising hero described the queen's decision to give him his knighthood in a unique private ceremony as "the icing on the cake" of his successes.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "Get up, Sir Tom! Earned so richly – you have inspired the whole nation with your fantastic fundraisers. & # 39;

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: "Congratulations, Sir Tom! Thank you for your incredible fundraiser in this crisis and for inspiring so many. & # 39;

The 100-year-old World War II veteran was knighted after earning £ 33 million for healthcare charities.

Sir Tom won the hearts of the nation and donations came in after facing the challenge of walking 100 lengths of his Bedfordshire garden before his 100th birthday earlier this year.

While other investments that were due to take place at Buckingham Palace in London and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in June and July were postponed, a special exception was made for Sir Tom.

The Prime Minister previously called Sir Tom a "point of light in our lives" when he thanked him for pulling the nation together through the coronavirus pandemic.

A post on Captain Sir Tom Moore's official Twitter account this morning showed a picture of him wearing his campaign medals before the ceremony.

It read: & # 39; Good morning! Ready and ready for a very special day. Thank you for all the good wishes that have been overwhelmed by your support as always. #Today will be a good day & # 39;

When he left his house, he spoke to reporters and said, "It's not everyone who gets a chance to see the queen, is it? It will be absolutely wonderful for me. & # 39;

His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said the Investitur was the icing on the cake of her father's amazing year.

Captain Sir Tom raised nearly £ 33m for health charities by running laps in his bedfordshire garden

Captain Sir Tom raised nearly £ 33m for health charities by running laps in his bedfordshire garden

Just a few hours earlier, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other close relatives attended the unannounced wedding of their granddaughter Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a nearby chapel

Just a few hours earlier, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other close relatives attended the unannounced wedding of their granddaughter Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a nearby chapel

When the head of state chatted, she heard the former army captain, who celebrated his centenary a few months ago, saying, "One hundred is a great age."

When the head of state chatted, she heard the former army captain, who celebrated his centenary a few months ago, saying, "One hundred is a great age."

The conversation was about national events, and the Coronavirus and the Queen, who had sought refuge with Philip in Windsor, asked, "Have you been locked up - isolated?"

The conversation was about national events, and the Coronavirus and the Queen, who had sought refuge with Philip in Windsor, asked, "Have you been locked up – isolated?"

The queen looked absolutely delighted to pay homage to the 100-year-old veteran

The queen looked absolutely delighted to pay homage to the 100-year-old veteran

Almost time: The 100-year-old veteran was waiting for his knighthood in the square of Windsor Castle on Friday

Almost time: The 100-year-old veteran was waiting for his knighthood in the square of Windsor Castle on Friday

The Queen took the time to chat with Sir Tom and his proud family on the picturesque castle grounds after the presentation

The Queen took the time to chat with Sir Tom and his proud family on the picturesque castle grounds after the presentation

The monarch used her father George VI's sword. And will hand over Colonel Tom the insignia of the Knight Bachelor

The monarch used her father George VI's sword. And will hand over Colonel Tom the insignia of the Knight Bachelor

Photos show Her Majesty, who looks shiny in green

The ceremony follows Sir Tom's outstanding fundraisers

Her Majesty looked radiant in a green outfit and a pair of white gloves for the outdoor ceremony in the sunshine

With her father's sword in hand, the Queen lightly touched him first on his right shoulder, then on his left with the blade - and called him a knight

With her father's sword in hand, the Queen lightly touched him first on his right shoulder, then on his left with the blade – and called him a knight

A post on Captain Sir Tom Moore's official Twitter account this morning showed a picture of him wearing his campaign medals before the ceremony

A post on Captain Sir Tom Moore's official Twitter account this morning showed a picture of him wearing his campaign medals before the ceremony

The Queen speaks to Captain Sir Thomas Moore and his family after conferring his chivalry during a ceremony at Windsor Castle

The Queen speaks to Captain Sir Thomas Moore and his family after conferring his chivalry during a ceremony at Windsor Castle

Queen uses her father George VI's sword

During the ceremony, the queen used her father George VI's sword. And will award Captain Sir Thomas Moore with the insignia of the Knight Bachelor.

The sword used by The Queen at Investitures is one of two almost identical swords that belonged to the Queen's father, George VI.

They were carried out by him in his duties as colonel of the Scottish Guard from 1932 to 1937. The sword the Queen uses for investments is the "Picquet" weight version, a slightly smaller version for light clothes that is worn in court.

The sword that The Queen used on Investitures is one of two almost identical swords that belonged to George VI

The sword that The Queen used on Investitures is one of two almost identical swords that belonged to George VI

The Queen gave the other version to the Royal Armories at the Tower of London in 1952, at the request of the then armorer Sir James Mann, so that the Royal Armories could issue a sword to any monarch who went back to George II.

Both swords are almost identical and were made by the same manufacturer, Edward Smith. They are engraved in a glossy polished relief with a matt background with the badge motto and battle honor of the Scots Guards and the cipher by George V.

There are two ways for George V's cipher to appear on the blade: The sword may have been acquired when George VI. Was Duke of York and Colonel of the Scottish Guard, or it belonged to George V and was inherited from his son.

Source: Royal Collection Trust

Speaking to the BBC Breakfast before the ceremony, she said: "We will drive to Windsor at a leisurely pace – no noise, no falling, no trip, and we have a fairly regulated day ahead of us."

She added: "As we speak, a log is written and we will just do what we are told."

Sir Tom's grandson Benjie said: “I just want to thank absolutely everyone who supported us.

"We would not be in this situation without everyone on the other side of the camera. We thank our family for bringing us into this situation."

His granddaughter Georgia added: "We are so proud of him and I am really looking forward to this day."

Before the ceremony, Sir Tom said on his official Twitter account: "It will be a special day for me."

Buckingham Palace believes it is the first time that the "unique" format of its ceremony is taking place under the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic and the announcement of Sir Tom's individual chivalry through Downing Street.

Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter described the Queen's decision to knight Sir Tom in an individual ceremony as "very significant".

He added: "The Queen always said that she" must be seen to be believed ", so she is seen today – the last time we actually saw her physically was in June in the alternative" Trooping the Color "at Windsor Castle.

"To actually see the Queen in person – this is a step in the right direction, hopefully a step back to normal, but it will be a very slow step."

The Queen used the sword that belonged to her father, King George VI, and will present the insignia of the Knight Bachelor to Sir Tom.

Buckingham Palace said the investiture followed strict rules of social distancing.

Earlier in the day, Princess Beatrice married Italian real estate developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a surprising secret ceremony at Windsor Castle.

The couple were supposed to tie the knot on May 29 at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace. However, their ceremony was postponed due to Covid-19 and the palace did not announce a new date at the time.

Beatrice, 31, and Edo exchanged their vows today at 11 a.m. in the Royal Chapel of All Saints on the grounds of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's house at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park. After the marriage, Beatrice becomes a stepmother of Edo's son Christopher, known as Wolfie.

The grandparents of the bride, the Queen (94) and the Duke of Edinburgh (99), who were both isolated at Windsor Castle, were present and appeared in an excellent mood when they left the service. The queen, who now saw six of her eight grandchildren getting married, looked mint green for the occasion.

It is believed that the bride's parents, Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York, as well as her sister Princess Eugenie (30) were among the approximately 20 guests present, with the guest list being severely reduced due to the permitted restrictions of Covid-19, up to a maximum of 30 People.

The Queen places her purse on a chair before handing over to Sir Thomas Moore at the Windsor Castle ceremony

Captain Sir Thomas Moore after receiving his knighthood

The Queen places her purse on a chair before handing over to Sir Thomas Moore at the Windsor Castle ceremony

The queen looked relaxed and happy after spending the morning at Princess Beatrice's wedding

Die Königin sah entspannt und glücklich aus, nachdem sie den Morgen bei Prinzessin Beatrices Hochzeit verbracht hatte

Seine Tochter Hannah Ingram-Moore sagte, die Investitur sei das Sahnehäubchen des erstaunlichen Jahres ihres Vaters

Von Yorkshire nach Indien: Oberst Tom Moores Karriere beim Militär

Oberst Tom im Zweiten Weltkrieg abgebildet. Boris Johnson beschrieb ihn während der Covid-19-Krise als nationalen Schatz, nachdem er fast 33 Millionen Pfund für den NHS gesammelt hatte

Oberst Tom im Zweiten Weltkrieg abgebildet. Boris Johnson beschrieb ihn während der Covid-19-Krise als nationalen Schatz, nachdem er fast 33 Millionen Pfund für den NHS gesammelt hatte

Kapitän Tom Moore wurde im Juni 1940 mit 20 Jahren zusammen mit allen Männern im Alter von 20 bis 35 Jahren in die britische Armee eingezogen.

Er begann seine Militärkarriere in Otley, West Yorkshire, wo er sich dem 8. Bataillon anschloss, dem Regiment des Herzogs von Wellington unter Leutnant Lord George Saville.

Das Regiment wurde nach Wadebridge, Cornwall, geschickt, um dort während einer vorhergesagten deutschen Invasion mit der Küstenverteidigung beauftragt zu werden.

Ein junger Captain Moore wurde bald zum Corporal befördert und in die Offizierskadettentrainingseinheit in Droitwich Spa geschickt.

Hier feierte er seinen 21. Geburtstag, nachdem er als Zweiter Leutnant verstorben war.

Im August 1941 wurde er in das DWR-Hauptquartier in Halifax geschickt, wo er sich dem 9. Bataillon in Winchcombe anschloss.

Das Infanteriebataillon konvertierte dann zu einem Panzerregiment 146. Royal Armored Corp, obwohl das Die Mehrheit der Soldaten konnte nicht fahren.

Im Oktober wurde die Einheit nach Bombay, jetzt Mumbai, in Indien versetzt. Die Reise dauerte sechs Wochen auf dem Seeweg, mit einer viertägigen Verspätung in Freetown, Sierra Leone und einem viertägigen Zwischenstopp in Kapstadt.

Captain Moore nahm dann einen Zug von Bombay nach Poona, bevor er in Kirkee ankam, einer Stadt, die heute als Khadki bekannt ist.

Der 9. DWR bildete die 50. indische Panzerbrigade unter dem Kommando von Brigadier Schreiber.

Kapitän Moore wurde dann vom Brigadier gebeten, einen Motorradkurs für die Brigade zu beginnen, da er über Fachkenntnisse für den Sport verfügte.

Die Brigade wurde dann angewiesen, nach Kalkutta zu ziehen – die Straßenfahrt war in einem Monsun und dauerte drei Wochen.

Sein Bataillon war im Bezirk Lohardaga in der Nähe von Ranchi stationiert.

Anschließend nahmen sie an zwei Übungen im Arakan teil, bevor sie weiter nach Osten und Süden nach Rangun zogen.

Captain Moore wurde dann auf einen Kurs im zugelassenen Fahrzeugdepot in Bovington, England, geschickt.

Er blieb hier als Ausbilder, bis es geschlossen wurde.

Lange über uns zu regieren: Die Königin markiert morgen 25.000 Tage auf dem Thron, nachdem sie mit 25 gekrönt wurde, um Großbritanniens dienstältester Monarch im Alter von 94 Jahren zu werden

Die Königin wird morgen 25.000 Tage regiert haben und einen weiteren Meilenstein als am längsten amtierende Monarchin der Nation überschritten haben.

Elizabeth II. Wurde am 6. Februar 1952 nach dem Tod ihres Vaters, König George VI., Als sie 25 Jahre alt war, souverän.

Die Königin erreichte 1977 ihr Silberjubiläum, 2002 das Goldene und 2012 das Diamantjubiläum.

Und die 94-Jährige ist jetzt weniger als zwei Jahre davon entfernt, 2022 ihr Platin-Jubiläum zu feiern – 70 Jahre auf dem Thron.

Die Königin war eine Figur der Kontinuität, als sich ihr Land im 20. Jahrhundert, im Millennium und im 21. Jahrhundert inmitten neuer technologischer und sozialer Fortschritte und einer Reihe britischer Regierungen veränderte.

Während der sieben Jahrzehnte ihrer Regierungszeit ist der Mann auf dem Mond gelandet, Großbritannien hat seine erste, dann die zweite Premierministerin, das Internet wurde erfunden und die Homo-Ehe wurde in Großbritannien legalisiert.

The public has looked to the Queen in times of tragedy – the September 11 terror attacks, the London bombings, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and more recently during the coronavirus crisis.

As well as being the longest-reigning monarch in British history, the Queen is also the longest still-serving sovereign and wealthiest Queen in the world, and the oldest British monarch.

JUNE 2, 1953: The Queen wearing the Imperial State Crown and the Duke of Edinburgh in the uniform of Admiral of the Fleet wave from the balcony to the onlooking crowds around the gates of Buckingham Palace after her Coronation on June 2, 1953

JUNE 2, 1953: The Queen wearing the Imperial State Crown and the Duke of Edinburgh in the uniform of Admiral of the Fleet wave from the balcony to the onlooking crowds around the gates of Buckingham Palace after her Coronation on June 2, 1953

JUNE 1, 2020: Her Majesty riding Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony, in Windsor Home Park. The Queen - the nation's longest serving monarch - will have reigned for 25,000 days on Saturday. The 94-year-old continues to saddle up and ride around the grounds of her home

JUNE 1, 2020: Her Majesty riding Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony, in Windsor Home Park. The Queen – the nation's longest serving monarch – will have reigned for 25,000 days on Saturday. The 94-year-old continues to saddle up and ride around the grounds of her home

FEBRUARY 7, 1952: The Queen, then just 24, returning to Clarence House, London with the Duke of Edinburgh from London Airport, after the sudden death of her father, King George VI

FEBRUARY 7, 1952: The Queen, then just 24, returning to Clarence House, London with the Duke of Edinburgh from London Airport, after the sudden death of her father, King George VI

MAY 24, 1957: The Queen arriving at the Copenhagen Town Hall after driving from the Amalienborg Palace in an open car

MAY 24, 1957: The Queen arriving at the Copenhagen Town Hall after driving from the Amalienborg Palace in an open car

JUNE 5, 1961: American President John Kennedy (right) and his wife Jacqueline (second left) with Queen Elizabeth II (second right) and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace

JUNE 5, 1961: American President John Kennedy (right) and his wife Jacqueline (second left) with Queen Elizabeth II (second right) and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace

JULY 30, 1966: England captain Bobby Moore holding the Jules Rimet Trophy, after collecting it from the Queen following England's win at the World Cup at Wembley, London

JULY 30, 1966: England captain Bobby Moore holding the Jules Rimet Trophy, after collecting it from the Queen following England's win at the World Cup at Wembley, London

OCTOBER 3, 1970: Her Majesty with Prime Minister Edward Heath (left), American President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon at Chequers, the official country residence of the Prime Minister in Buckinghamshire

OCTOBER 3, 1970: Her Majesty with Prime Minister Edward Heath (left), American President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon at Chequers, the official country residence of the Prime Minister in Buckinghamshire

FEBRUARY 16, 1977: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as they received a traditional Fijian welcome on board the Royal yacht Britannia on their arrival at Suva

FEBRUARY 16, 1977: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as they received a traditional Fijian welcome on board the Royal yacht Britannia on their arrival at Suva

JULY 11, 1977: The Queen receiving flowers during a walkabout among the crowds in Ipswich, during her Silver Jubilee Tour of Britain

JULY 11, 1977: The Queen receiving flowers during a walkabout among the crowds in Ipswich, during her Silver Jubilee Tour of Britain

JULY 29, 1981: The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales waving to the crowds outside Buckingham Palace from the balcony after their wedding at St Paul's cathedral

JULY 29, 1981: The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales waving to the crowds outside Buckingham Palace from the balcony after their wedding at St Paul's cathedral

The longest-reigning monarchs

1. Louis XIV of France (reigned from 14 May 1643 to 1 September 1715)

2. Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (reigned from 9 June 1946 to 13 October 2016)

3. Johann II of Liechtenstein (reigned from 12 November 1858 to 11 February 1929)

4. Queen Elizabeth II (reigned from 6 February 1952)

5. K'inich Janaab Pakal (reigned from 29 July 615 to 31 August 683)

When she became the country's longest-serving monarch in 2015, she thanked the nation for its kind messages, but admitted that the royal record was, 'not one to which I have ever aspired'.

'Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception,' she remarked.

The Queen will be at Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh and the 'HMS Bubble' of staff who have been running the couple's reduced household.

She will have been monarch for 68 years, five months and 12 days by July 18, and in 2015 overtook the record of 23,226 days, 16 hours and some 30 minutes set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

But Her Majesty's approach to having been on the throne for 25,000 days will undoubtedly be a matter-of-fact one, with the milestone unlikely to be on her radar. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: 'The Queen is spending the day privately.'

In March, the Queen became the fourth longest-serving monarch today, surpassing Mayan ruler Pakal the Great.

By March 11, Her Majesty had been on the throne for 68 years and 34 days, while K'inich Janaab Pakal ruled the Maya city state of Palenque for 68 years and 33 days before his death in 683AD.

Pakal the Great is thought to have ascended to the throne at the age of 12- years-old and during his rule managed to expand Palenque's power in the western Maya states.

The Mayan civilisation reached its peak between 250 and 900 AD, when it ruled large swathes of what is now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.

Meanwhile, just ahead of the British monarch is Johann II of Liechtenstein, who ruled from 1858 and 1929.

This is followed by Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

King Bhumibol reigned from 1946 until his death in October 2016 and was the world's longest living reigning monarch before the Queen.

Holding on to the top spot is Louis XIV of France, with an impressive 72-year and 110-day reign.

Known as Louis the Great, the French monarch became King at the age of four following the death of his father Louis XIII, and ruled from 14 May 1643 to 1 September 1715.

The Queen, 94, has been seen riding at Windsor throughout lockdown and celebrated both her actual and official birthdays, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh turning 99.

The Queen said of the global Covid-19 pandemic: 'While we have faced challenges before, this one is different.'

She also delivered two rare televised addresses to the nation just weeks apart during lockdown, reassuring the country that the virus would be overcome, telling those in isolation: 'We will meet again.'

In another speech to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, she told how the message at the end of the war in Europe was 'never give up, never despair'.

NOVEMBER 24, 1992: The Queen delivering her speech after a Guildhall luncheon to mark the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne

NOVEMBER 24, 1992: The Queen delivering her speech after a Guildhall luncheon to mark the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne

MAY 17, 2011: Her Majesty (second right) with Irish President Mary McAleese (second left) after arriving at Aras an Uachtarain (The Irish President's official residence) in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, as Dr Martin McAleese (far left) and The Duke of Edinburgh (far right) look on

MAY 17, 2011: Her Majesty (second right) with Irish President Mary McAleese (second left) after arriving at Aras an Uachtarain (The Irish President's official residence) in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, as Dr Martin McAleese (far left) and The Duke of Edinburgh (far right) look on

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015: The Queen pictured in 2015, on the day she became longest reigning monarch

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015: The Queen pictured in 2015, on the day she became longest reigning monarch

APRIL 21, 2016: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh riding an open top Range Rover in Windsor, Berkshire, as she celebrates her 90th birthday

APRIL 21, 2016: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh riding an open top Range Rover in Windsor, Berkshire, as she celebrates her 90th birthday

MAY 29, 2019: The Queen meeting guests during a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London

MAY 29, 2019: The Queen meeting guests during a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London

From the Falklands War and Munich Air Crash to England winning the World Cup and Megxit: The milestones and events in the Queen's long reign

As the Queen reaches 25,000 days on the throne, here are some of the events and milestones of her reign:

1952: George VI dies and Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen. Flood devastates the Devon village of Lynmouth. Mau Mau rising in Kenya.

1953: Sweet rationing ends in Britain. Queen Mary dies. Everest conquered on eve of the Coronation.

1954: Study links cancer to smoking. Crash grounds BOAC's Comet aircraft. French defeated at Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam. Elvis releases his first record. Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile record.

1955: Cyprus goes on strike against British rule. Sir Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister due to his failing health. The Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies. Princess Margaret calls off plans to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend.

1956: Hungarian uprising and Suez crisis. Teddy Boys rock around the clock. Prince Rainier III of Monaco marries American film actress Grace Kelly.

1957: Prime Minister Harold Macmillan tells a Tory rally 'most of our people have never had it so good'. The Treaty of Rome sets up the European Economic Community. Russians launch the Sputnik satellite, the first man-made object ever to leave the Earth's atmosphere.

1958: Race riots flare in Notting Hill. Manchester United players die in the Munich air crash.

1959: The Mini car makes its first appearance and the first UK motorway, the M1, opens.

1960: Macmillan's Wind Of Change speech. Princess Margaret marries Tony Armstrong-Jones.

1961: John F Kennedy succeeds Dwight D Eisenhower as US president. Berlin Wall rises. Soviet Union puts first man, Yuri Gagarin, into space.

1962: US spaceman John Glenn orbits the Earth. The Cuban Missile crisis is resolved.

1963: Lord Beeching wields the axe on British Rail. Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech. John F Kennedy is assassinated. Profumo scandal. Great Train Robbery. One of the coldest, snowiest winters on record.

1964: Beatlemania grips the UK and US. Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston. Mary Quant pronounces Paris fashion 'out of date'.

1965: Rhodesia declares independence. US bombs North Vietnam. Britain appoints its first female High Court judge.

1966: Swinging London revolves around Carnaby Street and the Kings Road. The Queen Mother undergoes major abdominal surgery. England win the World Cup. Aberfan disaster in Wales.

1967: Breathalyser introduced. Arab-Israeli War. Nigerian Civil War. Abortion and homosexuality are legalised.

1968: Enoch Powell makes 'rivers of blood' speech. Ulster Troubles erupt with civil rights protests.

1969: Death penalty for murder permanently abolished in Britain. Prince of Wales's Investiture at Caernarvon. British troops sent to Northern Ireland. American Neil Armstrong becomes first man to walk on the Moon. Woodstock music festival.

1970: Voting age cut from 21 to 18. North Sea oil fields discovered. First jumbo jet lands at Heathrow. Edward Heath wins election for the Tories. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi takes over as leader of Libya.

1971: British entry into EEC agreed. Decimalised currency launched in the UK. Angry Brigade bombs Employment Secretary's home.

1972: Miners' strike and power crisis – state of emergency declared. Industrial Relations Act disputes. Bloody Sunday. Duke of Windsor dies. First home video game system is released.

1973: Britain joins the EEC. The Princess Royal marries Captain Mark Phillips.

1974: Edward Heath loses narrowly to Harold Wilson, who wins second general election. US President Richard Nixon resigns over the Watergate affair.

1975: Margaret Thatcher becomes Conservative Party leader. Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts. End of Vietnam War.

1976: James Callaghan replaces Wilson at No 10. One of the hottest summers on record. Concorde begins commercial flights.

1977: Lib-Lab pact. Grunwick picket clashes. Punk rock. Silver Jubilee. The Queen becomes a grandmother. Red Rum wins Grand National for a record third time.

1978: Rhodesia settlement. Anna Ford becomes ITN's first primetime woman newsreader. Red Brigades kidnap former Italian premier Aldo Moro. World's first test tube baby, Louise Brown, born in Oldham. Winter Of Discontent strikes.

1979: Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first woman prime minister. Queen's art adviser Anthony Blunt exposed as Russian spy. Fall of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. Islamic revolutionaries come to power in Iran.

1980: SAS storms Iranian Embassy. Runners Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe win Olympic gold.

1981: Brixton riots. The Prince of Wales weds Lady Diana Spencer. Unemployment reaches 2.5 million. Britain in recession. The launch of the first space shuttle – Columbia.

1982: Falklands War – Prince Andrew is among those serving in the forces. Intruder in Queen's bedroom. Pope visits Britain. King Henry VIII's Mary Rose raised in the Solent. Prince William born. Economic recession.

1983: US President Ronald Reagan's Star Wars speech. Russians shoot down Korean jetliner.

1984: The IRA bombs Grand Hotel, Brighton. Indira Gandhi assassinated. Bob Geldof's Ethiopia appeal. Miners' strikes. Prince Harry born.

1985: Bradford City football stadium fire kills 56. Heysel stadium riot kills 39. Live Aid concert held to raise money for Ethiopian famine.

1986: Funeral of Duchess of Windsor at Frogmore. Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson and becomes Duke of York.

1987: Zeebrugge disaster. The Great Storm sweeps through southern England. IRA bombs Enniskillen Remembrance Day parade. Hungerford massacre. King's Cross fire.

1988: Piper Alpha oil platform disaster. Lockerbie jumbo jet bombing. Government loses Spycatcher legal battle. Professor Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time is published.

1989: Hillsborough disaster. Berlin Wall falls. Tiananmen Square massacre. Author Salman Rushdie goes into hiding. Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web.

1990: John Major becomes prime minister. Iraq invades Kuwait. Nelson Mandela is released from prison. Poll tax riots.

1991: Allies launch Operation Desert Storm in Gulf War against Iraq. Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev resigns. Birmingham Six freed after 16 years in jail.

1992: The Queen's 'annus horribilis' – the Princess Royal and Captain Phillips divorce, the Waleses and the Yorks separate, Windsor Castle goes up in flames. Black Wednesday – the day Britain crashed out of the ERM. The break-up of Yugoslavia.

1993: Publication of the Prince of Wales's intimate talk with Camilla Parker Bowles. The IRA bombs Warrington. Buckingham Palace opens to the public. Stephen Lawrence is stabbed to death in Eltham, south-east London.

1994: Labour leader John Smith dies. The Queen and French President Francois Mitterrand open the Channel Tunnel. 50th anniversary of D-Day. Prince of Wales admits adultery in TV documentary. IRA ceasefire. The Queen visits Russia. Genocide in Rwanda.

1995: Official Aids cases pass one million mark. Barings Bank collapses. Terrorist gas attacks panic Tokyo and Yokohama. VE Day and VJ Day commemorated. Princess Diana's Panorama interview.

1996: The Duke and Duchess of York divorce. The Prince and Princess of Wales divorce. Mid-air crash in India kills more than 350. Fire in Channel Tunnel. Ban on exports of British beef amid BSE crisis.

1997: New Labour under Tony Blair beats the Conservatives, ending 18 years of Tory rule. Royal Yacht Britannia decommissioned. Diana, Princess of Wales dies in Paris car crash. Scotland and Wales votes for devolution. Dolly the Sheep cloned. Handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China.

1998: War breaks out in Europe as a Nato coalition attacks Yugoslavia. Digital TV launched. Operation Desert Fox in Iraq. Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. Omagh bombing.

1999: Birth of single European currency, the euro. Prince Edward marries Sophie Rhys-Jones.

2000: A new millennium and the Queen Mother's 100th year. British rower Steve Redgrave makes Olympic history by winning his fifth consecutive gold medal. George W Bush becomes US president.

2001: September 11 terrorist attacks. Foot-and-mouth outbreak in UK. First space tourist. Britain joins the US in strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

2002: The Queen's Golden Jubilee. The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret die. Twelve European Union countries adopt the euro.

2003: Britain and the US go to war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

2004: Double Olympic gold for Kelly Holmes in 800m and 1,500m in Athens. Asian tsunami kills more than 100,000.

2005: Pope John Paul II dies and is succeeded by Pope Benedict XVI. The Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles. London wins 2012 Olympics bid. July 7 terror attacks in London. Civil partnerships give same-sex couples legal rights.

2006: The former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is hanged in Baghdad. Lebanon War.

2007: Gordon Brown replaces Tony Blair as Prime Minister. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

2008: Jury return a verdict of unlawful killing in the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The UK enters a recession following the financial crisis. Barack Obama is elected to become the first black US president.

2009: Singer Michael Jackson dies. Swine flu pandemic. MPs' expenses scandal.

2010: David Cameron becomes Prime Minister, leading a Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition. The Queen becomes a great-grandmother for the first time when Savannah Phillips is born. Volcanic ash cloud blowing in from Iceland grounds flights. Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest.

2011: Middle East uprising. Japanese tsunami. Nato air raids on Libya. Prince William marries Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. Queen visits Ireland. The summer riots.

2012: The Queen marks her Diamond Jubilee. London 2012 Olympics. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce they are expecting a baby.

2013: Continuing civil war in Syria. Pope Benedict XVI resigns. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis. Baroness Thatcher and Nelson Mandela die. Prince George of Cambridge is born.

2014: Major flooding in England and Wales. The first same-sex wedding takes place after gay marriage becomes legal in England and Wales. Crisis in Iraq and Syria over the Islamic State militant group. Scotland votes 'no' to independence. Ukraine crisis. Ebola epidemic.

2015: Attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge born. Conservative win majority in general election. Migrant crisis. The Queen becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch. Terror attacks in Paris, including at the Bataclan concert hall.

2016: Shooting at gay nightclub in Orlando. Queen celebrates her 90th birthday. British astronaut Tim Peake returns to Earth after a six-month mission on the ISS. The UK votes for Brexit in referendum on the EU. Theresa May becomes Prime Minister. The Queen becomes the world's longest-reigning, still-serving monarch after the death of the king of Thailand.

2017: US President Donald Trump takes office. The Queen reaches her Sapphire Jubilee – 65 years on the throne. Manchester Arena bombing. Early election. Grenfell Tower fire. The Queen and Philip celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary.

2018: Diplomatic row breaks out with Russia over poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal. Prince Louis of Cambridge born. Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle.

2019: Notre Dame fire. Terrorist attack in Sri Lanka. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is born to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. England win the Cricket World Cup. Theresa May resigns. Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister. The Duke of York steps down from royal duties amid the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

2020: Megxit – Harry and Meghan quit royal life. Brexit – the UK leaves the EU. Coronavirus outbreak. Lockdown in the UK. Black Lives Matter protests follow the death of George Floyd in the US.

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