London granted the “Freedom of the City” to H.I.H. Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie
On the morning of November 17th The City of London granted the “Freedom of the City” to H.I.H. Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, a rare and distinguished honor only bestowed on a rare few.
While photographs of the actual ceremony were not allowed, those accompanying the Prince were allowed to take photos afterwards. They were granted the rare privilege of a tour of the Guild Hall, including the hall where the Lord Mayor’s banquet is held and a tour of the crypt and the ruins of the Roman Amphitheater located beneath the site. Emperor Haile Selassie I was honored with a banquet at the guild hall hosted by the then Lord Mayor of London during his state visit in October 1954.
The prestigious “Freedom of the City” has been granted by London’s guilds since medieval times.