Britain's Princess Anne was given the freedom of the city of London in a traditional ceremony at the Guildhall on Friday (27 February).
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Background: Britain's Princess Anne was given the freedom of the city of London in a traditional ceremony at the Guildhall on Friday (27 February).
The Princess and her husband, Captain Mark Phillips, arrived in an open carriage at midday, accompanied by her parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Phillips, her sister-in-law Sarah, and her childhood nannie, Miss Mabel Anderson.
The Guildhall was crammed with dignitaries form all parts of London. They included the Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson and his wife, London's Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and other civil leaders.
The ceremony followed the ancient pattern of ritualistic procession, prayers and the resolutions of the Court of Common Council to invite Her Royal Highness to have the freedom of London.
The Princess was presented ??? the Master and Wardens of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. The Chamberlain, Mr. John Grigg, Wearing a 17th century robe, then administered the freeman's declaration. In that Princess Anne promised she would inform the Lord Mayor of any conspiracy against the Queen in the city of London and that she would be obedient to the master of farriers.
Mr. Grigg then gave as speech and presented Princess Anne with a piece of jewellery as a memento. In her reply, the Princess praised the work that was being done for handicapped children who wanted to ride horses. She said that although it was far from appropriate for her to hold a candle for women's liberation, she perhaps ought to be regarded as a free person rather than a freeman of the city London.