- One former World War II soldier proved that you can never be too old to do anything and he got well rewarded for it
- Tom Moore pledged to walk 100 laps around his garden to raise funds for healthcare workers
- Moore ended up raising nearly R700 million and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts
Queen Elizabeth II knighted 100-year-old World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, who became a national celebrity by raising millions for the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS).
The new Sir Tom Moore was knighted in an outdoor ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday.
Moore pledged to walk 100 laps around his garden to raise funds for healthcare workers. Moore raised almost £33 million (around R696 million) by walking laps of his backyard.
He received a knighthood after a special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In her first official engagement in person since the lockdown, Queen Elizabeth II emerged in the grounds of Windsor Castle for the “unique ceremony”. Her arrival was announced by the sound of bagpipes played by the Queen’s Piper, Pipe Major Richard Grisdale of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
She knighted Moore with her father's sword and praised him for his fundraising efforts, saying, according to the PA Media news agency:
"Thank you so much, an amazing amount of money you raised."
Moore, who rose to the rank of captain during his military career, was recently promoted to honorary colonel in recognition of his efforts.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Kate Middleton has opened up about being a mother while showing support for an initiative to help new parents.
The Duchess of Cambridge admitted it is not always easy and she wished she had had help with her first child, Prince George.
Kate supported Tiny Happy People, an initiative designed to provide resources and support to parents and carers of children. The initiative aims to help new parents and caregivers of children by providing resources and support.
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