Queen to knight Tom Moore in her first in-person engagement since lockdown
Tom Moore made headlines around the world with his valiant efforts to walk 100 laps of his back garden in order to raise money for the UK National Health System (NHS).
He chose the number 100 in order to celebrate his 100th birthday and captured hearts around the world with his sweet goal.
He raised more than $50 million for the NHS and is about to receive a knighthood for his charity work.
Much to the surprise of Moore, the Queen herself is making it her first in-person engagement since the lockdown.
In a statement from Buckingham Palace, it was revealed that the Queen would confer the Honour of Knighthood on Captain Sir Thomas Moore at an Investiture at Windsor Castle on the 17th of July.
The statement added: "During the ceremony, The Queen will use the sword that belonged to her father, George VI and will award Captain Sir Thomas Moore with the insignia of Knight Bachelor."
Strict social distancing measures will be in place for the event, with the entire ceremony taking place inside the confines of Windsor Castle.
"Members of the public are asked not to attend Windsor town centre or gather in the hope of seeing any of the ceremony, which will not be visible from any external viewpoint," the Palace explained.
When Moore's knighthood was announced, he said he was "overwhelmed with the gesture".
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
"Never for one moment could I have imagined I would be awarded with such a great honour," he said.
"This started as something small and I've been overwhelmed by the gratitude and love from the British public and beyond. We must take this opportunity to recognise our frontline heroes of the National Health Service who put their lives at risk every day to keep us safe."
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