Sir Ian McKellen has been given the Freedom of the City of London.
The gay Shakespearean actor, known for his roles in Lord Of The Rings and X Men, received the award at Guildhall.
While largely ceremonial these days, it does come with some 'symbolic privileges' such as being allowed to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge. (This technically no longer applies, but has been done periodically in recent years).
One of the founders of campaigning group Stonewall UK, he also supports Pride London and The Albert Kennedy Trust.