Queen Elizabeth II knighted a century-old veteran who raised $41 million for British doctors fighting the coronavirus infection. This was reported by the press service of Buckingham Palace on July 17.
Veteran Tom Moore, who served during the Second World War in India and Burma and retired as a captain, was awarded the honorary title of Colonel of the British Armed Forces. He came to prominence when he announced the collection of donations to the British National Health System (NHS) during the pandemic. To draw attention to his idea, Moore published his picture online in April in a garden in Marston Mortey County, Bedfordshire and promised users to walk 100 laps of 25m around the garden on their own. Originally he wanted to do the number of laps in terms of number of years he had lived, but he did not stop at a hundred and walked twice as many.
The announcement said Moore’s campaign generated so much interest that he managed to raise over £32 million instead of the planned £1,000.
The knightly initiation ceremony was held in strict observance of the social distance in the courtyard of Windsor Castle, where the Queen and her husband are on self-isolation. Moore approached Elizabeth II exactly the distance it took for the Queen to touch his shoulders with her father’s sword, George VI.
Earlier in April, Moore performed a cover version of You’ll Never Walk Alone with tenor Michael Ball, according to the BBC Corporation. The song won first place in British music charts and top of the iTunes chart and the Official Charts Company singles summary chart.