Friday, November 17, 2006

Freedom of the City of London

Jimmy Choo has been granted the title of ‘Freedom of the City of London’. Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj received a Honorary award in 1968, followed by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor (a Malaysian sultanate royalty) in 2003 who received the same title as Jimmy Choo.

Honorary Freemen include Florence Nightingale, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela. Prominent figures that have been awarded the title ‘Freedom of the City of London’ include British Prime Minister’s wife, Cherie Blair (due to receive the title on 27 Nov) and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.

The ancient custom of ‘privileged’ and ‘free status’ can be traced back to 1237 and the perks include the right to herd sheep over London Bridge, to go about the city with a sword and to be drunk and disorderly without fear of arrest. In contemporary society, the award tends to be ceremonial, given to those who have served the city in some exceptional capacity, or upon any whom the city wishes to bestow an honour.

Steeped in tradition, the Freedom ceremony took place in the Chamberlain’s Court at the historic Corporation of London’s Guildhall. Jimmy Choo is scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malaysian International Fashion Awards at the end of the month.
If you think you are qualified for this Award, click here for the procedure wise.
Tags: Jimmy Choo, Fashion, London, London's Guildhall

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