The 29-year-old has mentioned that he’s “proud and grateful” to be receiving the award in recognition of his excellent sporting achievements. He’ll obtain it at a ceremony in January.
He was nominated for the award by the Metropolis of London Company’s coverage chairman Chris Hayward and deputy coverage chairman Keith Bottomley.
What’s the Freedom of the Metropolis of London award?
The Honorary Freedom of the Metropolis of London award is a recognition of lifetime achievement or excessive worldwide standing. The granting of the award is extraordinarily uncommon and customarily given at the moment solely to royalty, heads of state, or figures of world standing.
In 1996 Nelson Mandela, as president of South Africa, obtained the identical honour. And in 2013, after a spot of 11 years, Archbishop Desmond Tutu obtained the award at a ceremony at Mansion Home.
Who else has obtained the Freedom of the Metropolis of London award?
Among the names of people that have obtained the Freedom or Honorary Freedom through the years embrace:
- Elizabeth II (1947)
- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1948)
- Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mom (1953)
- Charles, Prince of Wales (1971)
- Anne, Princess Royal (1976)
- Diana, Princess of Wales (1987)
- Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (2011)
- Winston Churchill (1943)
- Clement Attlee (1953)
- Margaret Thatcher (1989)
Leisure and the humanities
- Dame Barbara Windsor (2010)
- Simon Russell Beale (2011)
- Colin Firth (2012)
- J Okay Rowling (2012)
- Dame Judi Dench
- Sir Michael Caine (2013)
- Bob Geldof (2013)
- Henry Winkler (2014)
- Dame Joan Collins (2014)
- Sir Ian McKellen (2014)
- Morgan Freeman (2014)
- Stephen Fry
- Eddie Redmayne
- Ronnie Wooden (2021)
- Tommy Steele (2021)
- Ed Sheeran (2022)