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London honour for Barbara Windsor

Barbara Windsor has said she is "honoured" to receive the Freedom of the City of London - because it means she is finally posh.

The ex-EastEnders actress was awarded the honour in London's Guildhall, and showed off her certificate in the rainy courtyard.

She said: "I can't believe it. I thought you had to be very posh. I am a true, true Londoner. I love London with a passion and I'm just so honoured. Why me?"

She added: "I'm in a job I absolutely love and I feel so important today. I just wish my mother was here because she always wanted me to be posh. I'd say 'look Mum, at last I'm posh'."

The 72-year-old said she hopes new developments will not ruin the city's identity.

"I come from the city, which is magnificent, and then you see these horrific buildings that didn't take much thought to do - I agree with Prince Charles on that, absolutely. But I just love London. Look at it, it's fantastic, it's the best. Please, please don't ruin it. Please keep our identity, it's so important."

Last month Windsor filmed her final scenes as Albert Square's Peggy Mitchell after almost 16 years on the show.

Asked what's next for her, she said: "I've only just left EastEnders so we'll see." But she said she did not have dreams left to fulfil, adding: "I've done most of it, haven't I?"

The Freedom of the City dates back to the 13th century and is now largely an honorary title. It once allowed its recipients to drive sheep over London Bridge and be drunk and disorderly without being arrested.

Windsor said: "I've heard I can get rat-a***d and I won't get nicked. The tragedy is, I don't drink any more, but there we go."


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