Queen Elizabeth is *finally* coming out of lockdown this week.
On Friday, Her Majesty will be conducting a knighthood ceremony for Tom Moore, a 100-year-old captain who has raised over $40 million for the U.K.'s National Health Service. The best part? He did it by walking an impressive 100 laps in his own backyard.
Buckingham Palace announced the news in a statement. “On Friday 17th July 2020, Her Majesty The Queen will confer the Honour of Knighthood on Captain Sir Thomas Moore at an Investiture at Windsor Castle. Captain Sir Thomas Moore will be accompanied by members of his family."
The event will be the first up-close and in-person engagement for the monarch since the lockdown began in March. The queen has been quarantining in her Windsor Castle home with her hubby Prince Philip and has rarely left the royal estate.
However, the 94-year-old did celebrate her annual Trooping the Colour at Windsor last month, which, due to the pandemic, looked a little bit different. Aside from it being much smaller (it was dubbed the “mini”), the ceremony was led by a small group of the Welsh Guards and no members of the public (or the royal family) were allowed to attend.
She’s also been keeping busy during lockdown by enjoying horseback rides on the grounds of WC. The official Royal Family Instagram account shared photos of one of Her Majesty’s outings, featuring the queen riding a pony named Fern.
So while we don’t imagine this Friday’s event to be anything over the top, we’re just happy to see Elizabeth getting back into the swing of things.