Arise Sir Tom Moore: Queen Elizabeth Knights 100-Year-Old Fundraising Captain

July 18, 2020 Updated: July 19, 2020

WINDSOR, England—Queen Elizabeth II knighted Captain Tom Moore on Friday, recognising the 100-year-old for lifting the spirits of the nation during the gloom of the novel coronavirus outbreak by raising over $40 million for health workers.

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Captain Tom Moore poses after being awarded with the insignia of Knight Bachelor by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain July 17, 2020. (Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters)

The World War Two veteran raised a record sum of 33 million pounds ($41 million) by walking 100 laps of his garden with the aid of a walking frame in April in the run-up to his birthday.

The queen honoured Moore at an investiture at Windsor Castle, using her knighting sword.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth awards Captain Tom Moore with the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, on July 17, 2020. (Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters)

Showing self-depreciating humour, the Yorkshireman become a symbol of British endurance in the face of the adversity of the coronavirus crisis.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth talks to Captain Tom Moore and his family after awarding him with the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, on July 17, 2020. (Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters)

Moore, who served in India, Burma, and Sumatra during World War Two, quipped earlier this year that having a knighthood would be funny because he would be Sir Thomas Moore—a reference to the Tudor statesman Sir Thomas More.