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Her Majesty The Queen has led tributes as the entire nation is united in sadness at the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
His death, from Covid-19, was announced by his family shortly after 4pm on February 2 in an announcement which read: :It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.”
Sir Tom’s family added: 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.
Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.
A note on the official Royal Family Twitter feed read: “The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
“Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them.
Thousands of messages are pouring in from celebrities and members of the public on Twitter and Facebook. The Moore family have requested not to be contacted directly so they can grieve quietly as a family and remember the wonderful 100 years their father had.
The Archbishop of Canterbury tweeted a message of condolence, writing: "Sir Captain Tom Moore was the very best of us. Where he walked, a nation followed. I pray for his family and friends, and I join with millions across the country in mourning with them."
TV presenter Nick Knowles added: "RIP Sir Tom Moore Was an honour to know you. An honourable man, you epitomised positivity & hope. An example to all"
Bake of star Paul Hollywood added his voice to the millions of tributes, writing: "RIP Captain Sir Tom, a true hero. My love and prayers go to his family"
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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace led the official MOD response and the official British Army account tweeted: "It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore. An exceptional man and soldier to the end, our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time."
The NHS Million Twitter account, set up to show support for frontline healthcare workers, tweeted: "Thank you for everything Captain Sir Tom Moore – you were a symbol of hope throughout this awful period and you will never be forgotten"
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans broke the news of Captain Sir Tom Moore's death to MPs in the House of Commons, saying: "He brought joy to the nation, he was an inspiration to everybody in this country"
London mayor Sadiq Khan paid tribute on behalf of people in the capital, writing: "Heartbroken to hear the news that Captain Sir Tom Moore has sadly passed away.
"He was a true hero, in every sense of the word, and will be mourned by millions. My thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."
Former England captain Gary Lineker spoke for many when he said: "How terribly sad: Captain Sir Tom Moore has passed away.
"What an extraordinary life, with the most wonderful finale over the last year. A National treasure and a hero. RIP."
His friends at the FA added their tribute, saying: "We're deeply saddened by this news.
"Captain Sir Tom was an incredibly inspiring man, who lifted our spirits during a difficult time and did so much for others.
"Our condolences go to his family, friends and all who were lucky enough to know him."
- Royal Family
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