Captain Tom Moore is to be knighted by the Queen in his own personal ceremony at Windsor Castle.
The 100-year-old Second World War veteran, who raised almost £33 million for NHS charities, will travel to the royal residence in Berkshire with his family on Friday.
The fundraising hero was invited for a special investiture with the monarch, which is rare as all royal honours ceremonies planned for June and July were delayed due to coronavirus.
But the 94-year-old Queen, who has been staying at Windsor since before lockdown, will carry out the official engagement in person to honour the soon-to-be Sir Tom.
The captain won the hearts of the nation for his determination in walking laps of his Bedfordshire garden after originally setting out to raise just £1,000.
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The monarch will use the sword that belonged to her father, George VI, and will present Captain Sir Tom with the insignia of Knight Bachelor.
The ceremony will take place entirely inside Windsor Castle, and there will be no chance of the public seeing it.
Members of the public are being 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.
It was revealed in May that Captain Tom was to be knighted following his exceptional achievement.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson described Sir Tom as a ‘true national treasure’ who has ‘provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus’.
He recommended the veteran be exceptionally honoured by the Queen, who approved the decision. An investiture ceremony will take place at a later date.
His knighthood comes just weeks after he was made an honorary colonel to mark his centenary and fundraising mission.
Sir Tom set out to walk 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday on April 30 and finished the feat ahead of time.
He also released charity single ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with singer Michael Ball, which reached number one in the charts, making him the oldest artist ever to reach the top spot.
The Prime Minister said: ‘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. 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.’
A Government spokesperson added: ‘We know there is huge appetite to say thank you to all those supporting the nation during this emergency and doing incredible things day in, day out, up and down the country. We will ensure these unsung heroes are recognised in the right way, at the right time.’
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer congratulated Sir Tom, who he said had brought ‘inspiration to millions and helped all of us to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our NHS’.
He added: ‘In his actions, Tom embodied the national solidarity which has grown throughout this crisis, and showed us that everyone can play their part in helping build a better future.’
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