J K Rowling will receive the Freedom of the City of London at The Mansion House today for services to children's literature.
Her Freedom ceremony at The Mansion House, The Lord Mayor's official residence, will begin with her reading aloud the Declaration of a Freeman and will end with her being greeted by Chris Bilsland, Chamberlain of London, as a 'Citizen of London' and the presentation of her framed parchment certificate.
The Freedom of the City of London is believed to have begun in 1237 and enabled recipients to carry out their trade; and today, people are nominated for, or apply for, the Freedom, because it offers them a link with the historic City of London and one of its ancient traditions. Please see separate page for full explanation of this ancient rite.
Please note this ceremony is not open to the public.