17 July 2020 18:31


The video will start in 8 Cancel Get our daily royal round-up direct to your inbox Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email The Queen thanked fundraising hero Sir Tom Moore for his incredible work as she knighted him during a special investiture at Windsor Castle. In her first engagement since lockdown was introduced, the Monarch handed the war veteran his well-deserved medal. The 100-year-old became a national hero during the Covid-19 pandemic when he raised a record sum of £33million by walking 100 laps of his garden with the aid of a walking frame. His fundraiser touched the hearts of Brits everywhere and inspired people across the globe, resulting in Prime Minister Boris Johnson nominating Sir Tom for the award. During the unique ceremony today, which took place outside to lower coronavirus risk, the Queen and Sir Tom exchanged a few words.

The Monarch said: "Thank you so much. An amazing amount of money you raised" "A hundred is a great age. "Anyway it's a nice day. Best of luck to you." She also called his family forward and chatted to them before returning to the castle. The Queen used a sword that belonged to her father, George VI, for the ceremony and presented him with the insignia of Knight Bachelor.

Other investitures have been postponed because of the coronavirus, along with all of the Queen's face-to-face engagements. The Queen's first engagement came on the same day she watched her granddaughter Princess Beatrice marry her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, were among a small group of close family and friends who attended the intimate ceremony at All Saints Chapel, Windsor Great Park, this morning. (Image: Getty Images) (Image: Getty Images) The Queen left promptly after the ceremony as she wanted to get back to get ready to present Captain Moore with his knighthood. Speaking about his knighthood, Sir Tom tweeted: "I could never have imagined this would happen to me. "It is such a huge honour and I am very much looking forward to meeting Her Majesty The Queen. It is going to be the most special of days for me." (Image: Getty Images) The ceremony took place entirely within the confines of Windsor Castle, with no viewing positions for the public. Members of the public were asked not to attend Windsor town centre or gather in the hope of seeing any of the ceremony, which will not be visible from any external viewpoint. Captain Tom had set out to raise £1,000, but his incredible gesture won him fans around the world and saw his fundraising efforts soar. In honour of his incredible achievement, he was given a flypast on his 100th birthday. Captain Tom also became the oldest person to ever score a UK Number One single with his rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone, recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices Of Care Choir. And his incredible efforts saw him awarded a special Pride Of Britain award. Captain Tom said the response to his charitable efforts had been "outstanding". He said: "It's hard to describe there's been so much kindness shown and so many people making kind remarks. "It really is outstanding, I never anticipated in my life anything like this. It really is amazing. "I really must say to everyone thank you very much to everyone wherever you are." Bearing a sword that had belonged to her father, George VI, the queen approached Mr. Moore, who stood, rather than kneeled, with his walker. Neither wore a face mask, though as Mr. Arbiter noted, "the sword is quite long," so the two were able to keep some distance. The queen drew closer to present Mr. Moore with the insignia of knight bachelor, and they chatted for a few minutes. Image Mr. Moore received the insignia of knight bachelor. Credit... Pool photo by Chris Jackson The queen's inability to mingle with her subjects has forced Buckingham Palace to turn to social media. The palace maintains accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and has posted pictures and videos of her activities, including a photo of her with her husband, Prince Philip, on his 99th birthday. Like other people of her age, a person with knowledge of the palace said, she has adjusted fitfully to technological innovations like Zoom calls. The queen has spoken on video with her grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, who now live in Los Angeles, about the birthday of their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. Her first foray into virtual public engagements was in June, when she and her daughter, Princess Anne, spoke to a group of health workers — the queen occupying the center square on the familiar checkerboard of people staring into their screens. Royal watchers say the queen's use of video calls has offered a glimpse into her personal interactions that is not often seen in images of her chatting in receiving lines. During a recent call with three members of the British military serving overseas, she served up a mix of stilted questions and wry asides. When Lance Cpl. Shanwayne Stephens of the Royal Air Force told the queen that he moonlighted as the pilot of the Jamaican bobsled team, she replied, "Gosh, sounds a very dangerous job," and quizzed him about how he trained. Corporal Stephens told her he pushed cars up and down the road near his home in Peterborough, England. "Well I suppose that's one way to train," she said, as her eyes widened. The queen has kept up other official duties. She still digests official government papers that are delivered to her in red boxes. A few days before July 4, she spoke by phone with President Trump, who wished her a "happy birthday, marking 94 extraordinary years," according to the White House.