Item 0016 - Honorary Freedom or the City of London

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ZA COM 2019-2-1-2-0016

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Honorary Freedom or the City of London

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Banquet programme that conferred the Honorary Freedom of the City of London to Mr Mandela, UK

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Dinner programme consisting of 12 cream-coloured pages, a separate tan-coloured paper insert, and a thick paper cover.

Cream-coloured cover includes the multi-coloured South African coat of arms from 1996. Underneath, black text reads: "Mansion House 10th July 1996". Programme is bound with thin cream coloured rope with 2 tassels.

Tan-coloured paper insert has a painted city of London flag inside a shield at bottom. Text of paper, in red, black, blue, yellow, green, purple, and orange, reads:
Banquet in Honour of President Mandela Mansion House 10 July 1996
We Rejoice with the "Rainbow People."
And the country they call "God's Own:"
We sing alleluia and praise be!!
For the Commonwealth, our world-wide home.
We give God the glory for good things,
This feast before our eyes
And pray for the needy and helpless,
Their anguish, their tears, and their sighs.
We lift their sights to that Rainbow
And make them aware of the best
That is born of courage and patience
And peace loving souls like our guest.

First programme page has an image of Mr Mandela.
Second programme page is blank.
Third programme page has the City of London coat of arms at the top, and black text that reads: Cooperation of London, Dinner following the Presentation of the Honorary Freedom of the City of London to the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mansion House, Wednesday, 10th July 1996
Fourth programme page has the City of London coat of arms at the top, and the dinner menu.
Fifth programme page has the City of London coat of arms at the top, the list of toasts, and the list of musical selections.
Sixth programme page has the City of London coat of arms at the top, and an image of Mr Mandela's Honorary Freedom of the City of London certificate
The seventh programme page has the City of London coat of arms at the top, and gives the history of the Honorary Freedom
The eighth page has the City of London coat of arms at the top, and gives the history of the Guildhall and crypts.
The ninth page has the City of London coat of arms at the top, and gives the history of the Old Library.
The tenth and eleventh pages have the City of London coat of arms at the top, and include the history of the Mansion House and the Mansion House Plate
The twelfth page has the City of London coat of arms at the top, and lists those individuals who comprise the City Lands and Bridge House Estates Committee

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Nelson Mandela Awards Database ID: A0223

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