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TUDORS TO WINDSORS: BRITISH ROYAL PORTRAITS

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Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits

TUDORS TO WINDSORS: BRITISH ROYAL PORTRAITS

National Maritime Museum
28 May – 31 October 2021

On 28 May 2021 Royal Museums Greenwich, in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, London, will open Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits at the National Maritime Museum, a major art exhibition exploring the changing nature of the British monarchy and royal portraiture over 500 years.

Tudors to Windsors will feature over 150 works, including famous paintings, miniatures, sculpture, photographs, medals and stamps spanning five royal dynasties: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians, Victorians and Windsors. Visitors will come face-to-face with the kings, queens, heirs, consorts and favourites who have shaped British royal history and portraits by some of the most important artists to have worked in Britain, often under the direct patronage of the Royal Family, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Andy Warhol, Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz.

The majority of the artworks are drawn from the outstanding collection of the National Portrait Gallery. The loans will be on display alongside works from private lenders and pieces from the National Maritime Museum’s own renowned collection.

Beginning with the famous and infamous kings and queens of the Tudor dynasty, a period that coincides with the foundations of portrait painting in England, the exhibition will explore the development of the royal portrait as statements of wealth, power, continuity and tradition and how this was impacted by both the personalities of individual monarchs and wider historical change.

Highlights on display include the earliest known portrait of Henry VII – the oldest artwork in the exhibition – painted in 1505 by an unknown artist, as well as the famous ‘Ditchley Portrait’ of Elizabeth I by Flemish artist Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger. Regal portraits of Charles II and his mistresses will feature alongside early 19th century domestic photographs of Queen Victoria and her family. A selection of paintings and photographs of Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz will be displayed, alongside portraits of other members of the current Royal Family.

The exhibition takes place in the historic setting of Greenwich, one of London’s key royal sites as the location of the principal Tudor palace, the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the home of the Royal Armouries and the location of the Queen’s House, commissioned by James I’s consort Anne of Denmark, and the Royal Observatory founded by Charles II.

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits is on at the National Maritime Museum from 28 May 2021.
For more information, or to buy tickets, visit www.rmg.co.uk/TudorsWindsors

Exhibition information for visitors:

Venue: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Dates: 28 May – 31 October 2021
Website: www.rmg.co.uk/TudorsWindsors
Admission: Adults from £9.00 | Children from £4.50 | Under 25/Students from £5.85
Visitor Enquiries: 020 8858 4422 | bookings@rmg.co.uk

Funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral to celebrate their Silver Wedding anniversary.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at three o’clock. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh’s own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth. 

It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral – something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice.

The Dean of Windsor will conduct the Funeral Service and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing.

Due to the current public health guidelines, some elements of the Funeral plan have been modified, although the day will still be very much in line with His Royal Highness’s wishes.

The Funeral will be broadcast live on TV and radio to allow people around the world to take part in mourning The Duke. A live stream of the ceremony will be available on the Royal Family’s YouTube channel from approximately 2.30pm BST on Saturday 17 April 2021.

Overview

The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, covered with His Royal Highness’s Personal Standard and dressed with a wreath of flowers, will rest initially in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle, where it will remain until the day of the Funeral. 

On Saturday 17th April, The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be moved by a Bearer Party found by The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. Positioned in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle will be representative detachments drawn from His Royal Highness’s military special relationships.

His Royal Highness’s coffin will be carried in a purpose-built Land Rover – which The Duke was involved in the design of – flanked by military Pall Bearers, in a small Ceremonial Procession from the State Entrance to St George’s Chapel, for the Funeral Service. Members of the Royal Family and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Household will walk behind the coffin from the Quadrangle, down Chapel Hill and into Horseshoe Cloister. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at 1500hrs. 

The Funeral Service will be attended by Her Majesty The Queen and Members of the Royal Family. The coffin, carried by a Bearer Party found by the Royal Marines, will be received at the top of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Naval Cap and Sword will be placed on the coffin ahead of the service and His Royal Highness’s Insignia will be laid on the Altar of the Chapel. At the conclusion of the service, His Royal Highness will be interred in the Royal Vault in St George’s Chapel.

Running Order

On Saturday 17 April at 2:40pm, the coffin will emerge from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle into the Quadrangle, followed by the members of the Royal Family who will be walking in the procession. All those in the Quadrangle will give the coffin a Royal Salute before the coffin is placed onto the Land Rover.

The Queen will depart from the Sovereign’s Entrance in the State Bentley.

The Procession will move towards St. George’s Chapel, through Engine Court, Chapel Hill Parade Ground and into Horseshoe Cloister, arriving at the West Steps. The procession route will be lined by representatives from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, and 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

Minute Guns will be fired by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the East Lawn of Windsor Castle for the duration of the Procession. The Curfew Tower Bell will also toll.

The members of the Royal Family who will follow on foot behind the coffin are:

The Princess Royal  The Prince of Wales

The Earl of Wessex and Forfar   The Duke of York

The Duke of Sussex   Mr. Peter Phillips   The Duke of Cambridge

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence   The Earl of Snowdon

The National Anthem will play as the coffin arrives at Horseshoe Cloister, to met by representatives from the Commonwealth and a Dismounted Detachment of the Household Cavalry.

The Bearer Party will carry the coffin up the West Steps of the Chapel before pausing for a National Minute Silence at 3pm. The Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury will then receive the coffin.

As the doors to St. George’s Chapel close, the Royal Navy Piping Party will pipe the ‘Carry On’.

Members of the Royal Family

The following Members of the Royal Family will attend the Funeral Service in the Chapel:

  • The Duchess of Cornwall
  • The Countess of Wessex and Forfar
  • Viscount Severn
  • The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor
  • The Duchess of Cambridge
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mike Tindall
  • Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
  • Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
  • Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank
  • Mr. Jack Brooksbank
  • The Lady Sarah and Mr. Daniel Chatto
  • The Duke of Gloucester
  • The Duke of Kent
  • Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
  • The Hereditary Prince of Baden The Landgrave of Hesse The Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • The Countess Mountbatten of Burma

The congregation will wear masks for the Service and Members of the Royal Family will wear Day Dress or Morning Coat with medals.

During the Service, a small choir of four will sing pieces of music chosen by The Duke of Edinburgh. The choir will be located in the Nave, away from the seated congregation, and in line with public health guidelines there will be no congregational singing.

The Funeral Service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, and is expected to last for approximately 50 minutes.

At the conclusion of the Service, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault. The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing and the National Anthem will be sung by the Choir.

Her Majesty The Queen, Members of the Royal Family and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Family will then depart the Chapel via Galilee Porch.

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Has Died

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The Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh in his uniform as a Field Marshall in the British Army, one of his recent promotions.

A statement from Buckingham Palace:

The Duke of Edinburgh
1921 – 2021

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Further announcements will made in due course.

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

Duke of Edinburgh Released From Hospital

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The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Images

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Tuesday, 16th March 2021

The Duke of Edinburgh has today been discharged from King Edward VII’s Hospital and has returned to Windsor Castle, following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition.

His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes.

WIN a Copy of The Queen Mother’s ‘Lost’ Secret Recording!

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Silver Jubilee - 2021 vinyl
Silver Jubilee - 2021 vinyl

WIN A COPY OF THE QUEEN MOTHER’S ‘LOST’ SECRET RECORDING!

In January 1977, The Queen Mother made a very unusual request. The request was to secretly record the church service of the Queens 25th Anniversary of her Ascension to the throne on the 6th February 1977.

The service was to be held at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park and led by Reverend Anthony Harbottle with the blessing read by Bishop Michael Mann.

The Royal Chapel of All Saints, a Grade II listed church, was built in 1825 and is also known as Queen Victoria’s chapel. It is designated a Royal Peculiar, serving as an informal parish church for the inhabitants and staff of the Windsor Great Park. Services at the chapel are often attended by members of the Royal Family and the Queen regularly worships at the church for reasons of privacy. From this recording of the service the Queen Mother requested that 120 vinyl records be produced which she would give to all the attendees of the church service which included the immediate Royal Family, close friends and staff.

The request was for this recording to be done discreetly as the Queen Mother was planning this as a surprise for her daughter.

The recording was duly made on a modified 15ips TEAC quarter inch 4 track tape machine located in the vestry using wireless microphone technology. This recording was subsequently mixed at Pinewood Studios, Iver.

Competition The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Album - Royal Life Magazine Issue 50
Competition The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Album – Royal Life Magazine Issue 50

The master tape and sleeve artwork were delivered to Maurice Oberstein then CEO of CBS Records UK, who mastered and pressed the album and printed the sleeve. The completed 120 vinyl records were duly delivered to the Queen Mother.

Over the years, the 4 track recording was damaged by water and the stereo master tape has seemingly been lost in the Sony UK archives.

However, technology advances, and it has now been possible to remaster this recording to an acceptable quality so that this historical recording of this monumental personal event can now be released to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee on the 6th February 2022.

Royal fans are sure to enjoy the insight into a personal and private moment of the Royal Family that this recording brings. You should also note that one hundred percent of all artists’ royalties are being donated to a charity of the Queen’s choice.

We have one of the very special limited edition box sets, worth £119.00 each, and 5 CD’s (£11.99 each) to give away to lucky Royal Life readers. (The boxset and CD can be purchased from: www.royalsilverjubilee.com)

The limited edition box set contains 2 180gm luxury vinyl albums (original and remastered) and a CD. One vinyl album is a copy of the original album as supplied to the Queen Mother in 1977 and the other is the remastered vinyl album with new artwork, order of service, certification document and history and facts of the recording.

Both are wonderful prizes that will be worth even more in the future because of their rarity. And all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning one is to answer this very simple question:

The famous hymn ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’ was a favourite of the Queen Mother’s and is included in the service. Just tell us the second line of its verse.

A: ‘The service of my love’
B: ‘All earthly things above’
C: ‘Entire and whole and perfect’

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WIN a Personalised Hand-Bound Barnard & Westwood Notebook

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Royal Warrant Holders Barnard & Westwood - Royal Life Magazine Issue 50

EXCLUSIVE ROYAL LIFE COMPETITION

WIN A PERSONALISED HAND-BOUND BARNARD & WESTWOOD NOTEBOOK

Thanks to the generosity of Barnard & Westwood we are giving away a very unique prize. The winner will be able to choose their own bespoke hand-bound notebook, with their initials foil blocked on the cover.

To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize just answer the following question:

The advent of the printing press in 15th century Britain was due to the efforts of which famous Englishman?

A: John Bull
B: William Caxton
C: Robert Peel

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Duke of Edinburgh Admitted to Hospital

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The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Images

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital as a precaution after feeling unwell.

A palace spokesperson said, “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London, on Tuesday evening.

“The Duke’s admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s Doctor, after feeling unwell.

“The Duke is expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest.”

Seeking Footage of Diana, Princess of Wales

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Diana, Princess of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales, 1996

Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA-winning team making first ever archive-only cinema documentary on the extraordinary life of Diana, the Princess of Wales
And they need your help!

The life of Diana Frances Spencer is one of the iconic stories of our time. Twenty-five years after her death Lightbox have the opportunity to tell her story as it has never been told before and to create a landmark theatrical documentary which, they hope, will come to be seen as one of the defining records of her life and the era she lived through.

Told exclusively through archive material, the film will be a highly immersive narrative of Diana’s life, from her birth to her tragic death, which will be experienced by audiences as if the story were unfolding in the present.  As much as Lightbox are interested in the particulars of Diana’s story, however, they are equally interested in the way she was influenced by the era she lived through, how she impacted those events herself and the public’s response to her. 

As with all their films, this story will be told with the care and respect that the subject deserves. Lightbox wants to pay tribute to Diana’s life, and create a profound and cinematic film that will feel fresh and relevant to a contemporary audience looking back on these events.

How You Can Help

If you know anyone that might have footage of Diana, even in the most fleeting of moments, or that might have filmed the 1981 Wedding Day Celebrations or the 1997 Funeral then please spread the word and get in touch.

Find out how you can be part of this collaborative project by contacting Sheena: sheena@legacymagazines.co.uk


From the Academy Award®- and Emmy-winning producers of MAN ON WIRE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and LA 92, and the Academy Award®-nominated director of BLACK SHEEP and TELL ME WHO I AM.

Our aim is to tell the story of the Princess of Wales in a way that’s never been done before, exclusively through archive footage, as if the story was unfolding in the present. As part of that we very much want to reflect the experience of people across the country who came into contact with her and managed to capture that moment on film.  Diana famously said she wanted to be seen as “the Queen of people’s hearts” and it was her ability to connect with people – and reach them emotionally – even in the most fleeting of interactions that made her special and this is a huge part of the story that we want to tell. In addition, if anybody has footage of the wedding day celebrations on the 29th July 1981, such as the street parties that took place up and down the country, or if anyone might have filmed the week leading up to Diana’s funeral in 1997, we would be grateful for them to get in touch, as this type of home movie footage will allow us to re-tell these two historic events through the eyes of the public.

Simon Chinn, (Producer, Diana / co-founder, Lightbox)

ABOUT LIGHTBOX

Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, Lightbox is a multi-platform media company creating high quality non-fiction content for an array of distribution platforms. It was founded by two-time Academy Award®-winning producer Simon Chinn (MAN ON WIRE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN) and two-time Emmy® Award-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (LA 92, AMERICAN HIGH). Lightbox’s recent productions include WHITNEY, a major theatrical feature documentary directed by Academy Award® winner Kevin Macdonald, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; Netflix feature documentary TELL ME WHO I AM, which premiered to critical acclaim at Telluride and the London Film Festival; Academy Award®-nominated BLACK SHEEP; UNTOUCHABLE, a theatrical documentary on the Weinstein scandal which premiered at Sundance 2019 and aired on BBC2 and Hulu; high-profile Netflix hit series MURDER MOUNTAIN and DIAGNOSIS, an innovative Netflix Original eight-part documentary series produced in partnership with Scott Rudin Productions and The New York Times. The company is set to release its new feature documentary, TINA.  This will be the first major documentary to be made with the full participation of Tina Turner and is directed by Academy® and Emmy® Award winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin. Lightbox is also in production on an array of other feature documentaries and limited series for Netflix, FX, BBC, Showtime and HBO.

Our intention is to make an insightful, intelligent and thoughtful film that will pay tribute to Diana’s life, as well as the world which shaped it and which she helped to shape.  We will approach this story, as we do with all the films we undertake, with the sensitivity, compassion and respect that it deserves.

– Ed Perkins, (Director, Diana)

ABOUT ED PERKINS

Ed Perkins is an Academy Award®-nominated documentary filmmaker whose films have won numerous international awards. Ed has directed films for Netflix, the BBC, The Guardian, National Geographic and Channel 4 and was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2015. In 2009, Ed directed the behind-the-scenes documentaries for PROJECT NIM, THE EAGLE, the BAFTA-winning THE IMPOSTER, and the Academy Award®-winning SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN. In 2015 Ed made his first feature documentary GARNET’S GOLD, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, and won a Grierson Award for Best Newcomer as well as Best International Documentary awards at Docville and Jozi Film Festival. Ed then went on to make BARE KNUCKLE FIGHT CLUB for Channel 4 and FX Studios, of which The Times said, “You will not have seen a better documentary this year.” He has also made a number of short films, including IF I DIE ON MARS, which has had more than 1,000,000 views over multiple platforms. In 2018 Ed directed BLACK SHEEP, a documentary short for The Guardian, which won 13 international awards and was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 91st Academy Awards. Ed’s latest film – TELL ME WHO I AM – is a Netflix Original feature documentary and has recently been nominated for a British Independent Film Award.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex Expecting Second Child

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child. Phot credit: Misan Harriman

Today at Royal Life magazine we’re celebrating the news that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child.

A spokesperson for the couple said: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”

According to a Buckingham Palace spokesman, The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the whole Royal Family are “delighted” and “wish them well”.

The black and white image that was released to mark the occasion, was taken by photographer Misan Harriman and taken remotely on an iPad.

We couldn’t be happier for the couple and can’t wait to meet the new arrival.

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Remembering Captain Sir Tom Moore

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Captain Sir Thomas Moore receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony at Windsor Castle

Remembering Captain Sir Tom Moore

Today we’re celebrating the extraordinary life of Captain Sir Tom Moore who sadly passed away on the 2nd February 2021 at the age of 100.

Her Majesty The Queen has sent a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore and is said to have very much enjoyed meeting him and his family at Windsor last year. The Palace has said that ‘Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them.’

When Captain Tom Moore embarked on a personal challenge to complete 100 laps of the garden in his Bedfordshire home before his 100th birthday, he was hoping he might garner enough local support to raise a modest £1,000 for the NHS. What happened next, his daughter Hannah recalls, was “unimaginable”.

Clutching his walking frame for support and proudly wearing his WWII medals, the war veteran’s steely determination to keep lapping his garden, come rain or shine, quickly captured the hearts of wellwishers worldwide.

Donations, tributes and national news interviews poured in. By the time his 100th birthday (marked with a Spitfire flyover and more than 120,000 cards from fans around the globe) came around, Captain Moore’s status as a national hero was cemented.

To commemorate the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore, here are just a few of his amazing achievements…

  • Captain Sir Tom was born on 30 April 1920 in Keighley. His father, Wilson, came from a family of builders; his mother, Isabella, taught children at a local school.
  • His real passion was motorbikes. At the age of 12, Captain Sir Tom discovered one lying in a barn and bought it for half a crown. He proudly took it home, and lovingly did it up.
  • Conscripted into the British army in June 1940, Captain Sir Tom joined the Duke of Wellington’s regiment, an infantry battalion involved in the Burma Campaign from 1942 to 1945.
  • Selected for officer training, he became a second lieutenant on his 21st birthday, and – now part of the 146th Royal Armoured Corps – found himself posted to India.
  • With his knowledge of motorbikes, Captain Sir Tom was asked to train dispatch riders. Radio transmissions could be intercepted, so this was the best means of getting information to and from the front line.
  • Moore left military service in 1960, and took a job as a sales manager for a roofing company in his native Yorkshire.
Captain Sir Tom Moore during a visit to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire as part of his new role as Honorary Colonel of the Northern military training establishment.
  • As Captain Sir Tom turned to complete his final lap, the fundraising total stood at more than £12m. It would eventually surpass £32m. An honour guard from his old regiment saluted an extraordinary achievement.
  • His cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone, a duet with Michael Ball, raised even more – hitting the top of the charts in time for Captain Sir Tom’s 100th birthday and making him the oldest person ever to score a number one single in the UK.
A member of the press films a portrait of Captain Sir Tom Moore by artist Alex Chamberlin, as it is unveiled at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ day.
  • In July 2020, Captain Tom Moore became Captain Sir Tom Moore after receiving a knighthood from the Queen in her first official engagement since lockdown. Queen Elizabeth used the sword that belonged to her father, George VI, to present Captain Sir Tom with the insignia of Knight Bachelor.
Queen Elizabeth II (using the sword that belonged to her father, King George VI) confers the Honour of Knighthood on 100 year old Captain Sir Thomas Moore before presenting him with the insignia of Knight Bachelor during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on July 17, 2020. Captain Tom Moore raised over £32 million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

You can learn more about the extraordinary life of Captain Sir Tom Moore in issue 48 of Royal Life magazine.

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