Captain Sir Tom Moore has said the Queen was the “kindest person you could ever wish to meet” after he received a knighthood.
The national hero was personally thanked by the Queen for raising an “amazing amount of money” for the NHS at a ceremony in Winsor Castle on Friday.
The 100-year-old Second World War veteran raised almost £33 million for NHS charities by walking laps of his Bedfordshire garden earlier this year.
Originally setting out to raise £1,000, Captain Tom surpassed that total significantly and won the hearts of the nation in the process.
Lots of people have been knighted at Buckingham Palace in the past, but due to the pandemic the ceremony was a little different and was carried out under social distancing procedures.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Captain Sir Tom said: “It was absolutely amazing.
“I never ever had such a time in all my life as to be there speaking to the Queen who was such a delightful person. She was absolutely marvellous.
“When she tapped me on the shoulder, with the sword which had been her father’s she did it so gently. She was the kindest person you could ever wish to meet.”
Speaking about the ceremony, he said the monarch praised his and his family’s fundraising efforts.
“She looked around and said your family and you have done so well,” he added.
“It was an absolute pleasure and it was an absolute honour to speak to the Queen so close.
“But we had to keep our distance of course but we managed very well with the initial conversation just the same.
“It was a delightful time for me.”