My Lord Mayor, Lord Chamberlain, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am humbled and honoured to receive the Freedom of the City of London.

As a child, I saw the city from the canals and over the years I’ve seen it from many different perspectives.

Despite my career in music and art taking me all over the world, I am never happier than when coming home to this great city where I was born.

It is a lovely surprise to be recognised with this award and it has made me, Sally, and my twin girls Alice and Gracie very proud.

I very much hope to come and meet you in person at the Guildhall when circumstances allow.

R x