The heroic Captain Tom Moore will have to wait for his knighthood … as the Queen’s roll of honor is postponed
Heroic fundraiser Captain Tom Moore will have to wait a while for his knighthood … because Queen’s Birthday Honors List has been postponed due to the Covid crisis
- The Queen’s Birthday Honors List has been delayed by the Covid-19 crisis
- This means that Captain Tom Moore will have to wait a little longer to become Sir Tom
- Captain Tom, 100, raised over £ 30 million for NHS by walking in his yard
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He has already been made an honorary colonel for his amazing fundraising efforts. But Captain Tom Moore will have to wait a bit longer to become Sir Tom, as the Queen’s Birthday Honors List has been delayed by the Covid-19 crisis.
The Mail on Sunday may reveal that the annual list of celebrity and community heroes awards – to be released in June – has fallen victim to Whitehall ‘bandwidth’ issues as officials are engulfed in the virus battle.
Every year, around 1,000 Britons are nominated for knight or ladies time, CBEs, OBEs or MBEs by the public or recognized by Buckingham Palace for their inspirational actions or long public service.
Captain Tom Moore, a former British Army officer, was already promoted to the rank of colonel by the Queen on his 100th birthday after raising £ 29m for the NHS
But the list requires an extensive government investigation process before the names are passed on to Her Majesty for approval.
With thousands of Whitehall officials transferred from their usual posts to help fight the pandemic, the list has been quietly suspended until at least September.
A government source said, “It’s on deck somewhere else.”
Colonel Tom Moore celebrates his 100th birthday carrying the 2012 Olympic torch, completing a round of his garden
The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis (left), the Queen’s representative in the county, gave Captain Tom a birthday card from the monarch on his special occasion on April 30
But the delay also means that additional names may be added to the list in the coming months to recognize heroes fighting the virus.
And The Mail on Sunday understands that a special medal or separate roll of honor for NHS employees is actively being considered.
Captain Tom, 100, has raised more than £ 30 million for the NHS by running laps in his yard, and has apparently made the roll of honor after outpouring public support to get him knighted.