A sculpture by Colonel Tom Moore will be unveiled the day before he is knighted by the Queen, in tribute to his role as “beacon of light” during the corona virus pandemic.
The World War II veteran bust – complete with medals and the signature blazer of the NHS fundraising hero – was commissioned by Garry McBride, of the Derbyshire-based Monumental Icons.
Colonel Tom, who has raised nearly £ 33 million by walking in his Bedfordshire garden, will be knighted by the Queen on Friday at a personal open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle.
A bust of Colonel Tom Moore (on his left in Bedfordshire and on the right the draft) has been unveiled a day before being knighted by the Queen
Colonel Tom raised nearly £ 33 million by walking in his Bedfordshire garden during the corona virus pandemic
Mr. McBride explained why he had decided to put the bust into service and pay, “When we were locked up for the first time in my life, they said,” You must stay home and do nothing. “
“Every television show you put on … there was Captain Tom, as he was then.
“As he progressed with walking, he got more and more on the screens, so I thought it would be really sad for his performance if after five or ten years everyone had forgotten what he actually did.”
He added: “He became everyone’s champion and he was our beacon of light during our darkest hours.
“I was lucky to be in the monument and sculpture world and my sculptor, Andy Edwards, was also locked up.
“So we found some clay, we worked on the photos on Captain Sir Tom’s Facebook page, and then we decided to bust.”
Mr. McBride hopes the bust can be displayed at the NHS Charities Together headquarters, the charity for which the centennial raised money.
Colonel Tom said it will be “the most special day” when the Queen knights him at Windsor Castle on Friday after raising over £ 32 million for the NHS.
The fundraising hero travels with members of his family to the royal residence of Berkshire for the rare investment made by the monarch.
Colonel Tom, pictured with his grandson Benji, daughter Hannah and granddaughter Georgia, received a special nomination for knighthood from the Prime Minister
The 94-year-old queen, pictured during a video call from Windsor Castle, where she has been in her safety since her closure, will personally perform the official engagement
In a message on his official Twitter account, the fundraiser said: ‘I never could have guessed this would happen to me.
“It is such a huge honor and I am very much looking forward to meeting Her Majesty the Queen. These are the most special days for me. ‘
During the pandemic, royal investments were put on hold and those planned for Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in June and July were postponed.
But the 94-year-old Queen, who has resided for her safety since her stay in Windsor, will personally perform the official engagement – rare for the monarch during the pandemic – to honor Colonel Sir Tom.
The monarch will use the sword that belonged to her father, George VI, and will give Colonel Tom the Knight Bachelor insignia.
The insignia, which hang from a gold-lined red ribbon and are usually placed around the recipient’s neck, will be part of the ceremony, but the palace is still looking at how best to adhere to the rules of social distance.
The open-air ceremony takes place in the castle’s quadrilateral, where a military ceremony was held in June for the Queen’s official birthday, with no viewing positions for the public.
So popular is Colonel Sir Tom that the public is asked not to visit or gather in Windsor city center in hopes of seeing a ceremony that will not be visible from the outside.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said, “On occasion, the Queen invests privately during an audience.
The knighthood of Captain Sir Tom Moore was exceptionally announced individually by the Prime Minister, outside of the usual announcements of the Queen’s Birthday Honors and New Year Honors.
“Captain Sir Tom and his family were hopeful that the investment could be made in a timely manner and we are pleased that it was possible on this occasion.”
The numbers involved are kept to a minimum, without military ties.
After that, Colonel Sir Tom and his family will have drinks in the castle, but the Queen will only attend the ceremony. Prince Philip, 99, who retired in 2017, will not be attending.