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Support denied to give Prince Charles Freedom of Aberdeen

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen has called for support to be gathered to give the freedom of the city The Prince of Wales. SNP councillors in the city have told Councillor Barney Crockett that they would not back the move, according to BBC Scotland.

The last member of The Royal Family to be honoured with the freedom of the city of Aberdeen was Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother way back in 1959.

Barney Crockett, who has been Lord Provost since 2017, approached the SNP group in March to ask if they would support bestowing the honour upon Prince Charles.

SNP group leader Councillor Alex Nicoll commented, “I understand that the Lord Provost was trying to gather signatures to award the freedom of the city to Prince Charles, but that is not something the SNP group felt they could support. Ultimately, the honour is for those who have done an outstanding service for our city and deserve to have it recognised.”

Previous recipients of the honour include former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, footballer Denis Law and former Soviet premier, Mikhail Gorbachev.

Liberal Democrats group leader Councillor Ian Yuill said, “Now is not the right time for anyone to be raising or discussing this. There are clearly much more urgent things for the council to be dealing with during the Coronavirus pandemic.

An Aberdeen City Council spokesperson told BBC Scotland, “There are currently no plans to bring forward any freedom of the city recipients.”

It is understood that Prince Charles has not been approached on the subject.

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