Twitter has been flooded with admiration after national hero Captain Tom Moore was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during a small ceremony at Windsor Castle today. The 100-year-old raised more than £30 million for health workers during the pandemic.
The Royal Family Twitter account posted a beautiful image of the Queen and Captain Tom Moore with the caption: Arise, Captain Sir Thomas Moore!
“Today The Queen conferred the Honour of Knighthood on @captaintommoore at an Investiture at #WindsorCastle.”
The image has been retweeted more than 4,000 times and commenters have flooded to praise the hero.
Someone wrote the ceremony brought a tear to their eyes and said: “This brought tears in my eyes!
“Congrats Sir! The two people who pulled our nation together during one of the worst time! Thank you to you both!”
Another Twitter user said: “Two legends! Much respect and many congratulations to Sir Thomas Moore.”
Someone else said how proud they were of the NHS hero.
They wrote: “These two beaming at each other when she knighted him. Am so proud of you Sir Tom.”
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Someone else agreed the knighthood brought them to tears.
They said: “I had no idea that watching this act of love and respect would reduce me to tears, but it did.
“It feels moving and is a rare moment of beauty and kindness in this terribly troubled world (but not going to mention why Capt. Sir Thomas Moore had to raise money for a public service)”
During his fundraising, Sir Tom made countless media appearances and quickly became a household name in the UK and attracted more than 1.5 million individual donations during his charitable cause.
The war veteran was conscripted in the 8th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, in 1940 and was stationed in Cornwall shortly before the beginning of World War 2.
A year later, he became a member of the Royal Armoured Corps.
He was quickly promoted to war-substantive lieutenant in 1942 and then to temporary captain in 1944. He served as an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Dorset.
And many people praised the vetetan for his service over the years after being knighted.
Another remarked how the knighthood was an “incredible gesture” by the Queen.
They said: “An amazing man and throughly deserved.
“An incredible gesture by the Queen to do this in a private ceremony for Sir Tom. Made my day.”
This special occasion marked the first public appearance by Her Majesty since coronavirus lockdown measures were put in place back in March.
Earlier this month, the national hero was named the honorary captain of the Lionhearts, an initiative honouring inspirational people who have gone above and beyond during the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sir Tom also covered a version of You’ll Never Walk Alone alongside Michael Ball and all the proceeds went to the same charity.
The single topped the UK music chart and he became the oldest person to achieve a UK number one.
His overall total soared more than £32.9 million and his hundredth birthday was marked with flypasts by the Royal Air Force and the British Army.