The 99-year-old who has risen to fame for his successful campaign and positive outlook during the coronavirus crisis reached out to the monarch as she marked her milestone in lockdown. Captain Moore’s message read: “Happy Birthday your majesty. With the highest regards, Captain Tom Moore”. The Second World War veteran has praised the Queen for supporting the public during the COVID-19 epidemic.
His birthday wishes come as he himself is preparing to celebrate his 100th birthday on April 30.
The Royal Mail has been inundated with thousands of birthday cards addressed to Captain Moore’s Bedfordshire home.
Staff at the South Midlands Mail have handled 25,000 cards so far, a number which is expected to rise in the nine days until his big day.
Centre manager Stephen James said: “None of the team have ever known one person to receive so much mail.”
The Queen celebrated her big day alongside the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle.
She held Zoom calls with members of the Royal Family to wish her a happy birthday.
The traditional gun salute to mark her birthday was cancelled due to the lockdown.
Captain Moore’s message to her comes after Britons began calling for him to be given a knighthood for his efforts.
He had initially hoped to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his garden before his birthday.
He completed his final lap last week and has vowed to continue walking as long as people wish to donate to his campaign.
On Tuesday the total amount raised topped £27,748,000.
On the same day Captain Moore opened a new Nightingale field hospital in his native Yorkshire.
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The nonagenarian thanked the NHS for doing “such a magnificent job” during the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 17,337 people in Britain.
He was guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber, in Harrogate, and appeared by video link in front of a crowd of around 100 people.
The audience at the Harrogate Convention Centre gave Captain Moore a standing ovation as they wished him a happy birthday.
Sitting with his daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, at his home, he said: “I’m absolutely in awe of what has happened.
“If you think all the kindness of the people in this country and throughout the world, who have given so much money to the fund to help our National Health Service, which you have got to agree is one of the best services that there is in the world.”
He continued: “All the doctors and nurses in the NHS, they do a brilliant job in very difficult conditions and every day they’re putting themselves in harm’s way night and morning.
“They’re doing it with a determination that only we can do and they are continuing to do that and I think we must all say thank you very much to the National Health Service, all of you, not just the doctors and nurses, but everyone throughout the whole system who are doing such a magnificent job.”
Captain Moore’s single, aversion of You’ll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices Of Care Choir, is set to become this week’s Official Number 1 song in the charts.
Captain Moore’s recording will be the third version of the song to reach the chart peak.
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