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Tessy Antony de Nassau receives Freedom of the City of London award

Brittani Barger/Royal Central

Tessy Antony de Nassau has received the Freedom of the City of London award by the Clerk of the Mayor of the City. She was presented the award on Friday, 7 August, at a late-morning ceremony conducted over Zoom due to the ongoing pandemic.

Part of the ceremony consisted of Tessy reading a declaration of loyalty towards Queen Elizabeth II. In it, she vows to be loyal to the mayor of the city, keep the city harmless, and keep The Queen’s peace in her own person. She will also receive an inscribed parchment with the Freedom.

She said that she was “so excited” to be given the distinction and called it “such an honour.” Tessy is the first Luxembourgish woman to receive the honour.

She joins the ranks of The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Margaret Thatcher, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, and Bill Gates, among many others.

Tessy later said: “I am officially a member of the City of London and a Free Sister and honoured to join the ranks of all other esteemed recipients from a variety of domains and social classes.”

She received the distinction for her tireless work for women and in education.

The Freedom of the City of London award is given to those who have achieved success in their respective fields and was thought to have first been presented in 1237.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.