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“True national treasure”: Moore to be knighted by the Queen

“True national treasure”: Moore to be knighted by the Queen

Captain Tom Moore captured hearts around the world as he walked laps around his garden to raise money for NHS charities. He has since raised more than £33m ($AUD 61m) and is set to receive a knighthood for his heroic fundraising efforts, which is news he is “delighted” by.

Downing Street confirmed the news on Tuesday, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying that Moore is a “beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus”.

"Colonel Tom’s fantastic fundraising broke records, inspired the whole country and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus," Johnson said in a statement.

"On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He's a true national treasure."

Queen Elizabeth approved the knighthood and it will formally be announced later today.

She also acknowledged his efforts with a personalised birthday card. It is tradition that the Queen sends letters to all British centenarians, but Moore’s card contained a message specific to his fundraising efforts.

"I am so pleased to know that you are celebrating your one hundredth birthday on 30th April, 2020," it read.

"I was also most interested to hear of your recent fundraising efforts for NHS Charities Together at this difficult time. I send my congratulations and best wishes to you on such a special occasion."

Prince William has also written to Moore to congratulate him on his amazing achievement.

"It's wonderful that everyone has been inspired by his story and his determination. I think he's a one man fundraising machine," Prince William said in an interview with the BBC. "Good on him and I hope he keeps going."