A Freedom Ceremony for the Ambassador Päivi Luostarinen was held on the 29th of June 2017 at the Guildhall in London where she was awarded London’s traditional honour of Freedom of the City.
Ambassador Päivi Luostarinen received endorsements for her nomination from Sir Mark Boleat and the Sheriff William Russell. The honour of freedom of the city was then bestowed by the Remembrancer Paul Double.
One of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today, is believed to have been first presented in 1237. Today most of the practical reasons for obtaining the Freedom of the City have disappeared. It nevertheless remains as a unique part of London’s history to which many people who have lived or worked in the City have been proud to be admitted.
Prior to 1996, the Freedom was only open to British or Commonwealth Citizens. Now, however, it has been extended globally and persons of any nationality may be admitted either through nomination or by being presented by a Livery Company. There is a long standing tradition of admitting women.
City of London: Freedom of the City