Arise Sir Tom - as Bedford's NHS hero is knighted in unique ceremony

It's first official engagement for Queen in person since lockdown

Friday, 17th July 2020, 5:07 pm
Updated Friday, 17th July 2020, 5:10 pm

War veteran Captain Tom Moore has been knighted today (July 17) in the Queen's first official engagement in person since lockdown.

The investiture was staged in a unique ceremony at Windsor Castle.

It was in recognition for the mammoth effort by the 100-year-old earlier this year.

The Queen awards Captain Sir Tom Moore with the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle (Photo by Chris Jackson)

Captain Tom Moore, of Marston Moretaine, raised £32million for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

In a tweet, Sir Tom said: "I have been overwhelmed by the many honours I have received over the past weeks, but there is simply nothing that can compare to this.

"I am overwhelmed with pride and joy."

Very well deserved and congratulations from everyone here at Bedford Today.

Captain Sir Tom at Windsor Castle after being awarded with the insignia of Knight Bachelor (Photo by Chris Jackson)
Captain Sir Tom with his family at Windsor Castle (Photo by Chris Jackson)