Queen Elizabeth II, 94, has carried out royal engagements from behind closed doors at Windsor Castle since relocating there ahead of lockdown in March. The Queen will carry out her first face-to-face meeting in months on Friday as Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100, is knighted.
The Queen has made an exception for the war hero who raised an extraordinary £32 million for NHS charities during lockdown.
Capt Tom won the nation’s heart by walking 100 laps of his daughter’s garden to raise money for charity ahead of his 100th birthday.
The national treasure expressed his delight at his upcoming meeting with the Queen on Twitter.
He wrote: “I could never have imagined this would happen to me.
“It is such a huge honour and I am very much looking forward to meeting Her Majesty The Queen.
“It is going to be the most special of days for me.”
The Queen’s rota of royal engagements including investitures came to halt in March as social distancing measures were put into place to halt the spread of coronavirus.
The Queen has been carrying out meetings via video link while other Royal Family members have returned to social-distanced meetings with the public in recent weeks.
Will the Queen wear a face mask when she meets Captain Tom Moore?
Asked whether the Queen would wear a face mask during Friday’s investiture, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The ceremony will be held in line with all the appropriate government advice, adhering to strict social distancing guidelines.”
You can continue to meet in any outdoor space in a group of up to 6 people from different households
Single adult households – in other words, adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can continue to form an exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household
You can also meet in a group of two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household), in any location ‒ public or private, indoors or outdoors.
This does not need to be the same household each time.
It remains the case ‒ even inside someone’s home ‒ that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble.
Those who have been able to form a support bubble (which is those in single adult households) can continue to have close contact as if they live with the other people in their bubble.
This should be exclusive and should not change.
This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers.
This guidance means that the Queen with social distance from Captain Sir Tom Moore when they meet at Windsor Castle on Friday.
The investiture is likely to take place in the grounds of Windsor Castle rather than inside.