Captain Tom Moore will be knighted in person by the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday, as she makes a rare public appearance during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sir Tom won the hearts of the nation when he set out to walk 100 lengths of his back garden before his 100th birthday, to raise money for NHS charities together earlier this year.
He continued walking after he hit his 100th lap, and raised £32m, having aimed for £1,000.
Sir Tom was nominated for a knighthood by Boris Johnson in May, following his mammoth fundraising effort.
A message from Tom '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. It is going to be the most special of days for me'#FridayWillBeAGoodDay pic.twitter.com/zha2bCIMzi
— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) July 15, 2020
He and his family will be present at a private Windsor Castle ceremony, which has been arranged despite the other investitures being cancelled because of COVID-19.
The Queen will use her father’s sword to bestow the honour of Knight Bachelor.
The ceremony will be entirely inside Windsor Castle, with no viewing areas for the public, to ensure crowds do not gather.
In a message on Twitter, Sir Tom 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. It is going to be the most special of days for me.”
It marks a rare public appearance for the monarch during the pandemic. She has made two televised addresses during the last four months, and has been seen on a handful of occasions, including for Trooping the Colour on her official birthday.
But she has had to carry out engagements over zoom and by telephone, unable to go out in person.
Her family is returning to public duties and the investiture will be seen as a clear sign she wishes to get back to duties when she can as well.
The Queen, 94, and her husband Prince Philip, 99, have been at Windsor Castle since mid-March, one of their longest stints ever at the Berkshire home.
It’s usually the Queen’s weekend and Easter residence, but she has been there in isolation for much longer this year because of the pandemic.
In normal circumstances, she would be in Scotland by this time of year for the summer, but the palace will have to continue to follow government guideline development before she can move north.
Sir Tom’s fundraising efforts previously caught the attention of the Royal Family, with Prince William making a private donation to the cause.
The Queen also had his 100th birthday card delivered in person by Lord-Lieutenant Helen Nellis, her personal representative in Bedfordshire, as a special touch.