The Queen's incredibly touching funeral tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore

Queen Elizabeth II poses after awarding Captain Sir Thomas Moore with the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle on July 17, 2020 in Windsor, England. British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore raised over £32 million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic
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The Queen has paid tribute to the late Captain Sir Tom Moore as he was laid to rest in Bedfordshire on Saturday.

Captain Sir Tom Moore received a knighthood from the Queen in July last year, after becoming a national hero during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The veteran pledged to raise as much money as possible for the NHS during the crisis and in the process also captured the nation’s hearts and imaginations. 

He went on to raise a total of more than £32 million after completing 100 laps of his garden. Captain Sir Tom Moore sadly passed away aged 100 on February 2, 2021, after being admitted to hospital with coronavirus and pneumonia.  

His funeral took place on Saturday in Bedfordshire and, as reported by The Mirror, the Queen paid a heartfelt tribute to him on this sad day. 

David Pearson, Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire lays a wreath of 200 white roses at the Sir Tom Moore memorial plaque in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on the day of Captain Sir Tom Moore's funeral.

Her Majesty is understood to have sent a wreath of 200 beautiful white roses to be laid for the NHS fundraising hero on her behalf. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, David Pearson, laid the wreath in Keighley. The West Yorkshire town was the birthplace of Captain Sir Tom.

According to the Mirror, the fundraising hero was laid to rest by eight members of his family, who said his "message and his spirit lives on".

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This comes after Captain Sir Tom Moore was knighted personally by the Queen in July 2020. This knighting ceremony was one of her first official engagements since lockdown began in March 2020.

Taking place on the same day as her granddaughter Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, some have claimed the monarch reportedly left the family celebration early to perform Captain Sir Tom’s ceremony. 

In a Tweet when the honour was announced, Captain Sir Tom wrote: ‘It is going to be the most special of days for me’.

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Prior to this wonderful occasion, he was also surprised on Good Morning Britain with a Pride of Britain Award, and a personal message from the Queen. Her support and admiration for this remarkable hero are evident in her heartfelt tribute to him on Saturday.

Our thoughts are with Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family and friends at this difficult time. 

Emma Shacklock
Senior Lifestyle Writer

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home,, and My Imperfect Life.