The Queen approves knighthood for 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore, who raised more than £32 million for NHS charities

By Heather Cichowski

The Queen approves knighthood for 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore, who raised more than £32 million for NHS charities

Captain Tom Moore, the inspiring war veteran who raised £32 million and counting (approximately $54.4 million) for NHS charities during the coronavirus pandemic, is officially getting his knighthood.

Downing Street confirmed Captain Tom's knighthood was approved by the Queen on May 19 after U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson put in a special nomination for the 100-year-old.

Captain Tom, who the prime minister said has been "a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus," has been raising funds for the NHS due to COVID-19 by walking around his garden.

The centenarian's original goal was to complete over 100 laps of his garden in Bedfordshire before his 100 birthday on April 30 and raise £1,000 ($1,700) for the NHS. He succeeded, raising over £30 million ($51.2 million) in the process.

An incredible mural depicting Captain Tom Moore in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo: © Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

For his milestone birthday, Tom received countless birthday cards (reports estimate over 140,000!) and wishes from people who have been inspired by his actions. These included congratulatory messages from Boris, Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family, like Prince William, Duchess Kate and Duchess Camilla.

Tom also received the honorary title of colonel by the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, in which he had served during World War Two, and the birthday boy was treated to a RAF flypast.

Earlier this month, Tom received the Freedom of the City of London recognition in a virtual ceremony, according to BBC News.

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Tom, who served in India and Myanmar during World War II, called his knighthood "a great honour." As an honorary colonel, his official title will be Captain Sir Thomas Moore, under Ministry of Defence protocol.

According to HELLO! UK, the 100-year-old spoke to Good Morning Britain after his knighthood announcement and expressed his surprise and gratitude.

"I'm absolutely thrilled Her Majesty has decided – or chosen poor little me," he modestly said.

"It really is a great honour and something I never, ever anticipated...I never believed this would happen to me."

He continued, "The Queen is so gracious that she’s bestowed this honour on me. I’m totally thrilled as it never entered my head something like that would happen to me."

Captain Tom ended with a positive message for all. "After the storm, there will be a golden sky," he stated. "Things will improve and things will get better."

A very big congratulations to Captain Tom. You are an inspiration to people across the world and have brought positivity and joy during these trying times of COVID-19.

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