Captain Sir Tom Moore is knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle

17 July 2020, 15:56

Captain Sir Tom Moore received his knighthood was the Queen today, July 17, 2020
Captain Sir Tom Moore received his knighthood was the Queen today, July 17, 2020. Picture: Getty

By Giorgina Ramazzotti

Captain Sir Tom Moore has been knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle today, her majesty's first official engagement since lockdown began.

The 100-year-old veteran was joined by his family to be honoured by the Queen for raising over £32 million for NHS charities.

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The investiture to honour the Captain Tom took place in a "unique ceremony" outside in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The Queen meets Sir Tom's family at the event
The Queen meets Sir Tom's family at the event. Picture: Getty
The Queen knights Captain Tom Moore on July 17, 2020
The Queen knights Captain Tom Moore at Windsor Castle on July 17, 2020. Picture: Getty

The Queen congratulated Sir Tom and said: "Thank you so much, an amazing amount of money you raised."

Captain Sir Tom said it was "the most special of days for me".

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The knighthood comes after the public called for Captain Tom Moore to be honoured and when Boris Johnson even made a nomination for his knighthood in May.

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Captain Tom makes his way across the courtyard of Windsor Castle to meet the Queen
Captain Tom makes his way across the courtyard of Windsor Castle to meet the Queen. Picture: Getty

The Queen used a sword that belonged to her father, George VI, to bestow the knighthood and the monarch's arrival was announced by the sound of bagpipes.

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The ceremony comes after Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, married her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret ceremony earlier today (July 17).