Belfast Telegraph

Dame Judi given freedom of London

Dame Judi Dench has collected another gong - the Freedom of the City of London.

The Oscar-winning star, who collected the honour at a ceremony at the Guildhall, central London, said she was "very honoured" to accept the accolade.

She said: "Moreover, I look forward to being able to drive my sheep over London Bridge, and occasionally wearing a sword in public."

Dame Judi, who was born in York, won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in the film Shakespeare In Love.

The Freedom of the City of London is believed to date back to 1237 and is granted by the City of London Corporation to celebrate outstanding contributions to London life.

Many of the traditional privileges associated with the Freedom, such as driving sheep over London Bridge or being hanged with a silken rope, no longer exist.


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