The Queen leads emotional tributes to Captain Sir Tom Moore

Megan Sutton
·3-min read
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

The Queen has led an outpouring of tributes for Captain Sir Tom Moore, who has passed away at the age of 100.

Earlier this week, Captain Sir Tom's family shared the news he had been hospitalised and on 2 February, they announced that he had sadly passed away after contracting pneumonia and coronavirus.

Captain Sir Tom became a household name and an inspiration to the world last year when he raised millions of pounds for the NHS by walking laps of his garden at the same time as he turned 100 years old.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

As well as raising the huge sum of money and reaching the milestone birthday, he was made an honorary Colonel before receiving a knighthood from the Queen herself.

After the news of his passing, the Royal Family shared a tribute from the Queen on social media.

"The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore. Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them," it read.

The NHS, which has been able to do great work with the money raised by Captain Sir Tom said simply: "Thanks for everything Sir Tom" with a blue heart.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was "heartbroken" by the news.

"He was a true hero, in every sense of the word, and will be mourned by millions. My thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time," the Mayor added.

While the flag at 10 Downing Street has been flying at half-mast.

Countless celebrities have taken to social media to share their appreciation for Captain Sir Tom.

Michael Ball, who recorded a number one single with Captain Sir Tom last year said the news was "so very sad" and sent his well-wishes to the veteran's family.

"What a hero. You were a shining beacon of hope and an inspiration to us all when we needed it most. We thank you and salute you. Rest In Peace Sir," said Ant and Dec.

Footballer and activist Marcus Rashford said: "You have inspired generation after generation with your kindness, your perseverance and your strength. You fought for others til the very end. A role model to so many at a time of such difficulty, your legacy will live on for years to come."

GMB presenter Susanna Reid said:

"The man who united and inspired our nation at a moment of deepest despair. Thank you Captain Sir Tom Moore for your service. I am heartbroken for your family. A life well lived, and well loved. RIP.

While broadcaster Stacey Dooley said simply "sleep tight superstar" with an image of NHS staff thanking Captain Sir Tom.

While details are scarce at this stage, it's said the UK government is looking to commemorate Captain Sir Tom.

Our condolences are with Captain Sir Tom's loved ones at this sad time.

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