Captain Tom Moore said he was “very, very humbled” as he was awarded a special Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award on Good Morning Britain.
The war veteran has been in the headlines in recent days after raising more than £28 million for the NHS by walking the length of his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday on April 30.
Appearing live on the ITV show from his home, Captain Tom said he couldn’t be more proud, as people including Joanna Lumley and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to him.
Carol Vorderman, who hosts the Pride of Britain Awards show, also appeared on the breakfast programme from her home and revealed they had received almost 70,000 nominations for the veteran to get the accolade.
She told Captain Tom she would be handing the trophy to him when the ceremony takes place at a later date.
Captain Tom said: “That is absolutely amazing. It’s very difficult for me to believe things like this.
“I know the Pride of Britain Award is a very important one, I can’t be more proud to be in a position to receive it from you. You are all so, so very kind.
“I thank all the people who nominated me for this award. I thank you very much because I am very, very humbled at receiving this magnificent award.”
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He added: “I am completely taken aback by this because I know it’s an important, prestigious award that people get, thank you very, very much.”
Captain Tom was also played an emotional video of celebrities thanking him for his efforts.
Michael Sheen, Katherine Jenkins, Rita Ora and Bear Grylls were among those who took part, alongside Lumley and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Sir David Jason also appeared and told the veteran: “In the 1940s, you and your mates stepped up to the plate to help the country out and here you are again, you are a hero. And I salute you.”
The 99-year-old said he was “over-awed” by all the praise, but told host Piers Morgan he was “enjoying every minute”.
When asked how he was coping with all the fame, he joked: “If you’re going to send a bodyguard, could you send me an attractive one please?”