The Queen's touching tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore

Katie O'Malley
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Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images

From Red Online

The Queen has sent her condolences to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore following the confirmation of his death yesterday afternoon.

Moore became a national treasure last year after raising £32.7 million for NHS Charities Together at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, by walking 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, England.

His daughters shared the news today that the 100-year-old had passed away after testing positive for Covid-19, prompting an outpouring of tributes from his supporters - including Her Majesty.

Captain Tom, as he was commonly known, was knighted by the Queen in July last year, in a moment the WW2 veteran described as an "absolutely outstanding day".

In a post shared on the royal family’s social media account on Tuesday afternoon, the Queen expressed her deepest sympathies and paid tribute to Moore.

'The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore,' the post read.

'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.'

The accompanying photo sees the monarch standing before Moore and his relatives during their meeting last summer.

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

Over the weekend, Moore’s daughters confirmed that their father had been diagnosed with Covid-19 following a battle with pneumonia which resulted in him being unable to receive the vaccine for the virus.

Announcing the news of his passing, the daughters shared via a statement: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.

'We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.

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

'We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.

'The last year of our father's life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he'd only ever dreamed of.'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also shared a message in honour of Moore, tweeting a video in which he states, in part: 'In the dark days of the Second World War, he fought for freedom and in the face of this country's deepest post-war crisis, he united us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit.'

He concluded his message to say: 'He became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world. Our thoughts are with his daughter Hannah and all his family.'

We share our deepest condolences with Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family and loved ones.

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