Captain Tom Moore will receive his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth in a private ceremony this week.

Captain Tom Moore

Captain Tom Moore

The 100-year-old war veteran - who raised almost £33 million for NHS charities earlier this year by completing 100 laps of his garden - will be honoured at Windsor Castle in person on Friday (17.07.20).

Buckingham Palace confirmed his family will be allowed to accompany him as the queen knights him.

Investiture ceremonies planned for both Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse over the summer were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Captain Tom's is set to take place within Windsor Castle with no viewing access for the public.

The Palace 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."

Captain Tom's knighthood was announced in May after a special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and he admitted the accolade exceeded his own expectations.

He said at the time: "I am absolutely overwhelmed. Never for one moment could I have imagined I would be awarded with such a great honour.

"I'd like to thank Her Majesty The Queen, the Prime Minister and the Great British public. I will remain at your service...

"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. (sic)"

In early April, the WWII officer set out to complete his mission before his 100th birthday on April 30 to help raise funds amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Though it began as "something small", Captain Tom has since earned a Pride of Britain Award and featured in a cover version of the song 'You'll Never Walk Alone' - which reached number one - with proceeds going to charity.

His birthday was then celebrated in a number of ways, including flypasts by the Royal Air Force and the British Army, and he was appointed as honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College.


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