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The Queen will knight Captain Sir Tom Moore at Windsor Castle today


The Queen will knight Captain Sir Tom Moore at Windsor Castle today. This is the only personal investment the monarch will make during the ban after the World War II hero raised £ 33m for the NHS

  • The 100-year-old World War II veteran earned knighthood
  • During the pandemic, he raised around £ 33 million for health charities
  • Unprecedented personal ceremony in the square at Windsor Castle

The Queen will leave her granddaughter Prince Beatrice's wedding today to knight Captain Sir Tom Moore in an unprecedented personal ceremony.

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

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 are slated to take place at Buckingham Palace in London and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in June and July have been postponed, a special exception has been made for Sir Tom.

The ceremony will take place this afternoon in the Windsor Castle square.

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

Cptn Tom Moore with (left to right) grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire

Cptn Tom Moore with (left to right) grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire

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

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

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.

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. £ todaywillbeagoodday & # 39;

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

Before the ceremony, she spoke to BBC Breakfast and said, "We're going to Windsor at a leisurely pace – no noise, no falling, no stumbling today, and we've got 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."

The 94-year-old Queen was in Windsor for her safety during the coronavirus pandemic, but will personally conduct the official engagement.

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

Colonel Tom pictured in World War II. Boris Johnson described him as a national treasure during the Covid 19 crisis after raising nearly £ 33m for the NHS

Colonel Tom pictured in World War II. Boris Johnson described him as a national treasure during the Covid 19 crisis after raising nearly £ 33m for the NHS

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

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

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 will use her father's sword, King George VI, and present the insignia of the Knight Bachelor to Sir Tom.

Buckingham Palace said the investment would follow strict social distance rules.

From Yorkshire to India: Colonel Tom Moore's military career

Captain Tom Moore was drafted into the British Army in June 1940 at the age of 20 along with all men aged 20 to 35.

He began his military career in Otley, West Yorkshire, where he joined the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington's regiment under Lieutenant Lord George Saville.

The regiment was sent to Wadebridge, Cornwall to be charged with coastal defense during a predicted German invasion.

A young Captain Moore was soon promoted to the corporal and sent to the officer cadet training unit at Droitwich Spa.

Here he celebrated his 21st birthday after he died as a second lieutenant.

In August 1941, he was sent to the DWR headquarters in Halifax, where he joined the 9th Battalion in Winchcombe.

The infantry battalion then converted to a tank regiment 146th Royal Armored Corp, though that The majority of the soldiers could not drive.

In October the unit was moved to Bombay, now Mumbai, in India. The trip took six weeks by sea, with a four-day delay in Freetown, Sierra Leone and a four-day stopover in Cape Town.

Captain Moore then took a train from Bombay to Poona before arriving in Kirkee, a city known today as Khadki.

The 9th DWR formed the 50th Indian tank brigade under the command of Brigadier Schreiber.

Captain Moore was then asked by the brigadier to start a motorcycle course for the brigade because he had expertise in the sport.

The brigade was then instructed to move to Calcutta – the road trip was in a monsoon and lasted three weeks.

His battalion was stationed in the Lohardaga district near Ranchi.

They then took part in two exercises in the Arakan before moving further east and south to Yangon.

Captain Moore was then sent on a course at the approved vehicle depot in Bovington, England.

He stayed here as an instructor until it was closed.

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