In recognition of the prolonged and distinguished services he has rendered to the British Commonwealth of Nations as Viceroy and Governor-General of India.
"I hope your youngest burgess will not be thought lacking in modesty if he professes high ambition for his city. Edinburgh's past shines very brightly down the long corridors of history. It is splendid, but it is not enough. We do well to draw strength from the great work of our forebears, but in the end our warranty will be found to lie, not in contemplation of the past, however glorious, but in action and achievement in our own time. We can avoid complacency in ourselves, encourage gifts beyond the ordinary, do honour to outstanding performances, and watch over and nourish every means by which our children can succeed where we have fallen short. That has long been, and still is, the spirit in which this ancient community confronts the business of life. The Freedom of the City involves one supreme privilege, and that is some service to the community of which you have made me an honoured member today."
From a speech made at the luncheon in the City Chambers on the day of the presentation.
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