The Queen has paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore and said that she “very much enjoyed meeting” with him and his family.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said, “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 Prime Minister paid tribute to Sir Tom and Downing Street have lowered the Union flag to half mast.
Boris Johnson said, “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 £3.2m 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.”