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Please step forward Captain Tom Moore, for you are to be knighted by Her Royal Highness, Elizabeth II, daughter of King George VI, and holder of the British Crown, for your sacrifice and commitment to defend the United Kingdom and The Commonwealth of Nations in time of war, aided by the Allied Powers, and for your dedication to bringing a fine family into the world following the war and for working in the public domain since your military service ended, and for raising over £32 million sterling for your chosen charity, NHS Charities Together, to assist those stricken with illness.
Your life represents a series of stellar achievements on behalf of the United Kingdom and for those reasons you are being knighted today.
- Thank you for a lifetime of service to the United Kingdom, it’s military, and it’s citizens. You and others of your generation have set an exemplary standard for all Britons to follow throughout their lives.
- Thank you for risking your life during a time of vicious military conflict to defend freedom everywhere.
- And thank you… even at 99-years of age… for taking great strides towards arming your National Health Service to meet the unprecedented healthcare demand as they provide emergency and extended care for hundreds of thousands of people impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
Please allow me to offer you the warmest welcome into the family of British nobility, as a knighted citizen of the realm, by recognizing your meritocratic service to the United Kingdom. Your family is now part of our family.
With this, my father’s sword, I declare thee, Captain Sir Tom Moore, a Knight of the Realm, in God’s name.