PM says frontline workers battling Covid-19 will be recognised by the Queen in Birthday Honours .

Gongs for coronavirus heroes: Boris Johnson says frontline workers battling Covid-19 will be recognised by the Queen in specially postponed Birthday Honours

  • Boris Johnson says frontline workers will be recognised in Queen’s Honours List
  • Prime Minister says there is ‘huge appetite across the country to say thank you’ 
  • Captain Tom Moore has already been named as the recipient of a knighthood
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Boris Johnson has said those involved in the Covid-19 effort are to be recognised by the Queen in the next round of honours.

The Prime Minister said the publication of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list will be moved from June to the autumn so it can reflect the work of people battling coronavirus on different fronts.

Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised almost £33 million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden has already been named as the recipient of a knighthood.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, pictured above leaving Downing Street for Prime Minister’s Questions, said those involved in the Covid-19 effort are to be recognised by the Queen in the next round of honours

In a written statement to the House of Commons, the Prime Minister said: ‘There is, understandably, huge appetite across the country to say thank you to all those on the front line, within our communities and in our public services, who are supporting the nation through these unprecedented times.

‘The honours system recognises exceptional contributions made across every part of the UK and will play a key role in demonstrating the nation’s gratitude to all those involved in the response.

‘In this context, the Queen has graciously agreed that the Birthday Honours list, due to be published in June, should be postponed until the autumn.

The Prime Minister said the publication of the Queen's Birthday Honours list will be moved from June to the autumn so it can reflect the work of people battling coronavirus on different fronts. Staff are pictured in a hospital in Blackburn

The Prime Minister said the publication of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list will be moved from June to the autumn so it can reflect the work of people battling coronavirus on different fronts. Staff are pictured in a hospital in Blackburn

‘This step will allow us to ensure that the list, agreed before this public health emergency developed, reflects the Covid-19 effort, and comes at a time when we can properly celebrate the achievements of all those included.’

Sir Tom said he was ‘overawed’ to learn that he will be knighted for what started out as a simple way to keep active and raise an initial target of £1,000 for the NHS, before his 100th birthday on April 30.

This morning he joked in a BBC interview: ‘I hope the Queen’s not heavy handed with the sword’.

Recipients receive their honours during investiture ceremonies at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Sir Tom said he was 'overawed' to learn that he will be knighted for what started out as a simple way to keep active and raise an initial target of £1,000 for the NHS, before his 100th birthday on April 30

Sir Tom said he was ‘overawed’ to learn that he will be knighted for what started out as a simple way to keep active and raise an initial target of £1,000 for the NHS, before his 100th birthday on April 30

Buckingham Palace has already announced that investitures planned for June have been postponed but a spokesman said talks would be held with Second World War veteran Sir Tom and his family about how he will receive his knighthood.

A palace spokesman said: ‘Discussions will take place with Sir Tom and his family about the arrangements.’

The Prime Minister said in his statement: ‘Colonel Tom Moore, recently celebrating his 100th birthday, has become synonymous with the spirit of the current collective national effort.

‘I have, exceptionally, recommended to the Queen that he be awarded a knighthood, in recognition of his extraordinary fundraising achievements, and as a signal of the kind of contributions we will want to mark in the months to come.’

Mr Johnson also called on the public to put forward the names of inspiring individuals involved in all aspects of the coronavirus outbreak.

He said: ‘We anticipate that Covid-19 recognition will happen across future honours lists, reflecting the ongoing work being done by so many.’

The PM wrote that the Queen 'graciously agreed that the Birthday Honours list, due to be published in June, should be postponed until the autumn'. Recipients receive their honours during investiture ceremonies at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

The PM wrote that the Queen ‘graciously agreed that the Birthday Honours list, due to be published in June, should be postponed until the autumn’. Recipients receive their honours during investiture ceremonies at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

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