Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood revealed Wednesday that he was the recipient of a prestigious honor from his U.K. hometown, London — the Freedom of the City of London.
The award is bestowed on people of all nationalities and backgrounds that have provided exceptional service to the U.K.’s capital city. The honor is usually presented by the Chamberlain of the City at a ceremony held at London’s Guildhall municipal building.
Wood wasn’t able to take part in the ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic, although the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer posted the acceptance letter he penned on his official website.
“My Lord Mayor, Lord Chamberlain, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am humbled and honoured to receive the Freedom of the City of London,” Ronnie wrote. “As a child, I saw the city from the canals and over the years I’ve seen it from many different perspectives.
He continued, “Despite my career in music and art taking me all over the world, I am never happier than when coming home to this great city where I was born.
Wood added, “It is a lovely surprise to be recognised with this award and it has made me, [my wife] Sally, and my twin girls Alice and Gracie very proud. I very much hope to come and meet you in person at the Guildhall when circumstances allow.”
You can learn more about the accolade at CityofLondon.gov.uk.
By Matt Friedlander
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