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The Queen has led tributes to Captain Sir Tom Moore after his death aged 100 after contracting coronavirus.
The second world war veteran who raised almost £39m for NHS during the pandemic and was knighted for his work was a national symbol of the fight against covid.
Sir Tom was admitted to Bedford Hospital last week after developing pneumonia for some time and tested positive for coronavirus, and his death was announced on Tuesday.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman: “The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
“Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Cpt Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts, and those of the Royal Family, are with them, recognising the inspiration he provided for the whole nation and others across the world.”
The flag at number 10 Downing Street will fly at half mast in his memory.
Boris Johnson has spoken to Sir Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore to offer his condolences.
The Prime Minister said Captain Sir Tom Moore “became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world” and was a “hero in the truest sense of the word”.
In a statement he added: “Captain Sir Tom Moore was a hero in the truest sense of the word. In the dark days of the Second World War he fought for freedom and in the face of this country’s deepest post war crisis he united us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit.
“It is quite astonishing that at the age of 100 he raised more than £32 million for the NHS, and so gave countless others their own chance to thank the extraordinary men and women who have protected us through the pandemic.
“He became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world. Our thoughts are with his daughter Hannah and all his family.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “I’m so sorry to hear that Captain Tom has passed away in hospital.
“He was a great British hero that showed the best of our country & I send my best wishes to his family at this time.”
Boris Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds tweeted: “Just amazing to think what @captaintommoore achieved in his 100th year of life. Thank you for inspiring us all.”
I’m so sorry to hear that Captain Tom has passed away in hospital.
He was a great British hero that showed the best of our country & I send my best wishes to his family at this time.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: “Captain Sir Tom Moore has been an inspiration – lighting up what has been such a dark year for so many.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with all those who have so sadly lost a loved one due to this terrible virus. RIP Sir Tom, a great British hero.”
Singer Michael Ball, who recorded a charity single with Sir Tom that reached number one, wrote on Twitter: “Rest in peace @captaintommoore. A wonderful life so well lived and a hero and fighter to the very end.
“So very very sad. Love and prayers for @Hannah_I_M and all the family. “
David Beckham labelled Captain Sir Tom Moore a “true hero” in a tribute on social media.
The former footballer met the fundraiser last year when he presented him with a framed football shirt after the 100-year-old became the first member of the Lionhearts squad of inspirational heroes.
Beckham wrote on Instagram: “What he achieved for our NHS will never be forgotten.
“Tom, you were truly the very best of British.
“When our country and our world was struggling you gave us hope, put a smile on our faces and made us believe that tomorrow would be a good day. Rest in Peace Sir Tom.”
Beckham shared the message alongside a video of him meeting Sir Tom during which he said: “I knew I had to dress up today.”
Fitness expert Joe Wicks, also known as The Body Coach, wrote on Instagram: “An inspiration who helped millions of people feel hopeful and optimistic during a difficult time. Rest in Peace Sir Captain Tom Moore.”
Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid tweeted: “The man who united and inspired our nation at a moment of deepest despair. Thank you Captain Sir Tom Moore for your service. I am heartbroken for your family. A life well lived, and well loved. RIP.”
In a statement, Sir Tom’s daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.
“We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime. We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.
“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.