The 94-year-old Queen personally will knight the 100-year-old British war veteran and fundraiser Tom Moore next Friday. This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace on Wednesday of the German press agency in London.
Moore had raised just under £ 33 million (about € 36 million) with his donation run on the rollator in his home garden and even made it into the Guinness Book of Records. The state health service NHS receives the money.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place outdoors at Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip (99) have withdrawn there because of the pandemic. Almost all official appointments had been canceled since then.
The Queen is said to use a sword for the knighthood, which her father King George VI. belonged. Moore from the village of Marston Moretaine had joked in a BBC interview months ago that he hoped the Queen would not clumsily take the sword instead. The World War II veteran now announced on Twitter that it would be the most beautiful day of his life.
Moore, who in the meantime was promoted from colonel to honorary colonel, even stormed the charts with his own version of the football anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone". He recorded the song together with the British singer Michael Ball and an NHS choir. At the time, this impressed even his youngest relatives: "My grandchildren cannot believe that I am topping the charts!"