Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday morning knighted the 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore, who is the World War II vet in an outdoor ceremony in Windsor Castle.
He initially set up a goal of raising £1,000 Pounds ($1,257) by walking 100 laps of his garden.
Queen Elizabeth II has knighted 100-year-old World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, who became a national celebrity by raising millions for the UK's National Health Service. https://t.co/cer8pTyzUG pic.twitter.com/ZhAacSH0iR
— CNN International (@cnni) July 18, 2020
Captain Moore became popular when he raised millions for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
Moore raised almost £33 million ($40 million) by walking laps of his backyard, and received a knighthood after a special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The ceremony marked the Queen’s return to her public duties after the coronavirus pandemic forced her to cancel virtually all of her engagements.
She knighted Moore with her father’s sword, and praised him for his fundraising efforts, saying: “Thank you so much, an amazing amount of money you raised,” according to the PA Media news agency.
Earlier, the veteran had tweeted that he was “ready and raring to go for what is a very special day.”