Captain Moore became a national hero after raising almost £33m for the NHS as it battled to manage the coronavirus crisis. Donations flooded into the NHS after Tom embarked on his challenge to walk 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday that came earlier this year. That effort resulted in the prime minister nominating him to be knighted by the Queen.
An unprecedented personal ceremony was staged in Windsor Castle this past friday to facilitate Sir Tom’s knighting. Even in the midst of other activities due to be held at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh were postponed.
The Queen, who is 94 years old, was overheard telling the former Army captain, “one hundred is a great age”. She also personally thanked him, saying “Thank you so much, an amazing amount of money you raised.”
The palace reported Her Majesty knighted Sir Tom with a sword that belonged to her father, George VI, for the ceremony.