How the Duchess of York helped hero Captain Tom celebrate his 100th birthday in style

At the top of the mouth-watering dessert stood an edible figurine of Captain Tom, dressed in a black suit while walking with his stroller on the grass with red poppies. The cake was decorated with NHS badges, a union jack, miniature newspaper articles and a golden framed photo frame with a picture of the centenarian as a young army officer. And to cap everything all off, the cake had a heartfelt birthday greeting written on it, which read: “Happy birthday Captain Thomas, with love to all your family, from the York family.”

The Duchess of York later issued her own statement, in which she praised the “courage” and “steadfastness” of the war veteran.

She said: “Captain Tom is a total inspiration. What an example of steadfastness and courage he sets to the rest of us.

“I know from my own work to get tokens of thanks to NHS workers around the country that he is inspiring others.

“My family just wanted to send him a small token of our appreciation.

“Happy birthday Captain Tom.”

The Duchess also posted a special message to her Instagram account, and posted two photos of the centenarian.

One showed Captain Tom holding a medal and the other was a black-and-white wedding photo of war veteran and his late wife Pamela.

Under the photos, Sarah wrote: “Colonel Thomas, Happy birthday and to Pamela in your heart, 100 years and together you are so strong.”

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Many of the Duchess’ fans left their own birthday wishes, while expressing their appreciation of the captain’s herculean fundraising efforts.

One wrote: “He is helped to make an awful situation bearable.

“Thank you, Sir. Happy Birthday.”

Another posted: “Amazing. Just love the story of Colonel Tom.

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“Happiest of birthdays all the way from Australia.

“What an absolute legend.”

While a third said: “Happy Birthday Colonel Tom, hope you have a wonderful day.

“A huge thank you. Our generation owes you for giving us our freedom and our lives.”

The former officer became the hero of the nation after raising over £29 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden patio, while in lockdown.

He joined the army at the beginning of the second world war and served in India and Myanmar (Burma).

After the war he became an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset.

He spent much of his life living in Kent, before moving to Bedfordshire to be with his youngest daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her family in 2007.

Captain Tom received a promotion to the rank of honorary colonel on his birthday, as was also presented with a replacement Second World War Defence Medal.

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