LONDON (Reuters) – Captain Tom Moore, the centenary who became a national hero in Britain by raising millions of pounds for health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, will become “Sir Tom” on Friday when he is knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
The Second World War veteran raised a record $ 33 million ($ 41 million) by scrimping 100 laps of his garden in April, as he approached his historic birthday.
His business touched the hearts of people in Britain and beyond as they faced the adversity of the coronavirus crisis.
Moore, who has already been appointed honorary colonel and honorary member of the England cricket team, will receive the former distinction at Windsor Castle, where the 94-year-old monarch found refuge.
Other investitures have been postponed because of the coronavirus.
Buckingham Palace said the ceremony would be held in private with Moore accompanied by family members.
“I hope it is not very heavy with the sword,” joked Moore at the announcement of chivalry.
The palace said the queen would use a sword that belonged to her father, George VI.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson nominated Moore for the award in May.
Report by Paul Sandle in London; Editing by Matthew Lewis
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