QUEEN ELIZABETH II is resuming face-to-face engagement this week, with Captain Tom Moore set to receive a knighthood during a ceremony at Windsor Castle.
The Queen is resuming her face-to-face engagements later this week, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. The monarch is to meet Captain Tom Moore and a member of his family at Windsor Castle on Friday to deliver him his much-deserved knighthood.
In a brief statement, the palace said: “The Queen will confer the Honour of Knighthood on Captain Sir Thomas Moore at an Investiture at Windsor Castle.
“Captain Sir Thomas Moore will be accompanied by members of his family.”
During the poignant ceremony, the Queen will use the sword that belonged to her late father, King George VI.
Captain Tom will receive the insignia of Knight Bachelor.
The Queen is resuming face-to-face engagements on Friday (Image: GETTY/PA)
Captain Tom’s birthday was celebrated with a flypast (Image: GETTY)
As the ceremony will take place within the walls of Windsor Castle there will be no viewing positions for the public.
All investiture ceremonies have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Queen is making a personal exception for the veteran.
A few hours after Buckingham Palace confirmed this special investiture ceremony will take place, Captain Tom expressed his delight in a brief statement shared on Twitter.
He said: “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.
The Queen hasn’t held a face-to-face meeting in months (Image: GETTY)
“It is going to be the most special of days for me #FridayWillBeAGoodDay”
100-year-old Captain Tom was hailed a hero as he raised more than £30million for the NHS by completing 100 laps in his daughter’s garden before his birthday in late April.
The war veteran didn’t just raise money to the NHS but also boosted the mood of the country as the number of deaths and cases of coronavirus was peaking.
His birthday on April 30 was marked by a splendid flypast as well as a card and a medal delivered on behalf of the Queen.
The Queen has been self-isolating since March 19 (Image: GETTY)
Captain Tom raised more than £30m for the NHS (Image: GETTY)
Her Majesty also agreed on giving Captain Tom the honorary title of Colonel.
The content of the letter sent to Captain Tom by the Queen was unveiled by the veteran himself.
The card, bearing a smiling picture of the monarch on the front, read: “I am so pleased to know that you are celebrating your one hundredth birthday on 30th April, 2020.
“I was also most interested to hear of your recent fundraising efforts for NHS Charities Together at this difficult time.
The Queen has been spending lockdown at her Berkshire residence (Image: GETTY)
“I send my congratulations and best wishes to you on such a special occasion. – Elizabeth R”
This investiture is going to be particularly important for the Queen, who hasn’t met anyone outside of her household’s staff since March 19.
The Queen has been self-isolating at her Berkshire home with Prince Philip and 22 members of their staff.
The royal staff is on a strict three weeks on, three weeks off rota to make sure the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh don’t get in touch with COVID-19.
The Queen and Prince Philip are together at Windsor Castle (Image: GETTY)
These weeks of self-isolation with the monarch have been compared to being at sea with the Royal Navy by the master of the household Tony Johnstone-Burt.
Seeing similarities between his decades as a Navy official and the current living situation of the monarch, Mr Johnston-Burt called the royal household HMS Bubble in a memo to his staff.
He wrote: “There are 22 Royal Household staff inside the Bubble, and it struck me that our predicament is not dissimilar to my former life in the Royal Navy on a long overseas deployment.”Indeed, the challenges that we are facing whether self-isolating alone at home, or with our close household and families, have parallels with being at sea away from home for many months, and having to deal with a sense of dislocation, anxiety and uncertainty.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK