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The Freedom of the Borough is the highest award that we can give and is an honour bestowed on very few people.

About the Freedom of the Borough

The Freedom of the Borough recognises eminent services of local people to their Borough. The award dates back to the middle ages when Freemen had commercial privileges and a route into a position of power in a town or city.

The award of Freedom of the Borough does not convey with it any legal rights or responsibilities.

The following people have been awarded the Freedom of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames:

Year Recipient
2022 Alan Benson MBE

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Gillian Collins Norton DL
Sir David Reeve Williams CBE

2014 Sir D Attenborough OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS, FZS, FSA
Auriol Smith
Sam Walters MBE
2007 The Royal Military School of Music
2004 L.B.N Dallaglio MBE
J.Leonard OBE
J.P.R Worsley MBE
2002 HMS Richmond
1990 M.S Hebron
1986 K.I Morell
1980 A.W.B Goode
1978 H Hall
1975 M.W Garrett
1970 W.H Jones
1965 E.S Bolton
J.H Knaggs
MR. H.M Lane
H.A Leon
W.J Slade
C.H.E Smith
T.R Starr
E.S Stevens
F.G Sutton-Mattocks
A.J.H Thomas
P.J Young
W Young


Freedom of Entry

The Freedom of Entry is associated with the Freedom of the Borough. The Council may award this to service units which have given conspicuous service and which are closely associated with the Borough.

The Freedom of Entry grants the service unit the right, privilege and honour of marching through the streets of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames on ceremonial occasions with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying.

Updated: 16 November 2022

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