The Queen knights Captain Tom Moore in unique ceremony after attending Princess Beatrice’s wedding

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Captain Sir Tom Moore has been knighted by the Queen in a ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday.

The 100 year old became a monumental figure amid the coronavirus pandemic as he raised more than £32 million for the NHS.

The veteran was joined by family for the occasion, including is daughter Hannah Ingram, son-in-law Colin Ingram, grandson Benji and granddaughter Georgia.

The fitting occasion saw Captain Tom knighted by Queen Elizabeth, 94, just after 3pm and pictures have since emerged of the historic ceremony with the Queen using a sword which belonged to her father for the knighting.

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Speaking to Sir Tom, the Queen said: “Thank you so much. An amazing amount of money you raised."

The Queen also met Sir Tom’s family and she said: “A hundred is a great age. Anyway it’s a nice day (it’s 26C). Best of luck to you.”

The Queen’s arrival into the quadrangle was marked by bagpipes playing and it was one of the first official duties the Queen has carried out since the coronavirus lockdown.

Captain Tom posted a message on Twitter saying: "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's going to be the most special of days for me".

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The Queen, who isolated at Windsor, in Berkshire, was last seen while watching a scaled down Trooping the Colour parade at Windsor Castle on Saturday 13 June.

The monarch wore a blue hat with a matching long jacket with a silver Welsh Guards regiment broach fastened to it. Underneath the long coat, The Queen wore a white, silky, pleated skirt with a floral pattern on.

Her Majesty was the only member of the royal family to attend the one-off occasion at Windsor Castle alone, after her husband Prince Phillip celebrated his 99th birthday earlier that week.

Strict social distancing rules were put in place as soldiers from the Welsh Guards unit were all stood at a distance of two metres apart as they marked the special occasion with a difference.

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The Welsh Guards, who marched in front of The Queen, had just two weeks to rehearse for the special event – which is usually prepared for months in advance.

Queen Elizabeth watched the ceremony in the Quadrangle, where the changing of the Guard is carried out when Her Majesty is in official residence.

Her Majesty also watched Princess Beatrice marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in Windsor on Friday, at a small wedding with around 20 guests.

According to The Sun, Beatrice, 31, and Edoardo, 37, tied the knot surrounded by close family and friends in All Saints Chapel, Windsor Great Park.

The Queen and Prince Philip were driven from Windsor Castle three miles up the Long Walk and through Windsor Great Park to the private church for the ceremony.

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A friend of Beatrice's told The Sun: "They were obviously very keen for the Queen to come so the wedding had to happen before she goes up to Balmoral so this was a great opportunity.

"So many guests were disappointed not to make the big day but understood the reason for it.

"They are just like a normal family and had to make sacrifices like many others have up and down the country and looking forward to having a wonderful celebration when the time is right."

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The coronavirus pandemic scuppered Beatrice and Edoardo's plans to marry at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace in London in May.

“In line with government advice for the UK and beyond, the couple are reviewing their arrangements. They are particularly conscious of government advice in relation to both the wellbeing of older family members and large gatherings of people.

“Therefore, the planned reception in the Buckingham Palace Gardens will not take place.

“The couple will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends.”

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