Captain Tom Moore, who in the run-up to his 100th birthday became a national hero in Britain after raising more than 33 million pounds ($40 million) for health services, is to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth on Friday, Buckingham Palace said.
The World War Two veteran raised the record sum for the National Health Service by completing 100 laps of his garden painstakingly with the help of a walking frame in April.
The following month, after a special nomination by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it was revealed that he would become “Sir Tom”.
While other investitures were postponed due to the coronavirus, Buckingham Palace said the ceremony would be held on Friday at Windsor Castle, where the 94-year-old monarch is sheltering with her husband Prince Philip, 99, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The palace said the ceremony was to be held in private with Moore accompanied by family members.
“I hope she’s not very heavy-handed with the sword” Moore quipped when he announced the knighthood. The palace said that the queen would use a sword that belonged to her father, George VI.
Elizabeth made her first public appearance last month since the imposition of a coronavirus lockdown in March but she delivered a number of rallying messages to the nation and appeared in video conference calls with care workers and military members.
The knighthood bestowed on Moore is his latest honor, having been made an honorary colonel for his 100th birthday and an honorary member of the England cricket team.