Kensington & Chelsea Council has bestowed its highest honour to Lord Cadogan for his support of local charities.
He was one of six people recognised for exceptional service to the royal borough at a ceremony on Wednesday (July 23).
He was admitted as an Honorary Freeman while five former councillors, with a combined service of 149 years, were conferred the title Honorary Alderman.
The recognitions for the Right Honourable The Earl Cadogan, K.B.E., D.L. was in appreciation of his wide range of support for charities, especially those operating in Kensington & Chelsea, and for his role in shaping Chelsea.
Ever since he left school in 1955, Lord Cadogan has been involved with charities which can basically be summarised as boys’ clubs, animal welfare, the church, cancer research and freemasonry. He has also continued with the family’s involvement in horseracing through membership of The Jockey Club and as a racehorse owner.
From 1963 to 1982 Lord Cadogan was actively involved first as a director and latterly as chairman of Chelsea Football Club, and chairman and now life-president of the Cadogan Estate.
During his time in those two roles the estate has invested substantial sums in London, particularly SW1 and SW3. This has brought about developments such as those in Sloane Street and at the Duke of York Headquarters which have formed major retail areas, creating many jobs and attracting many visitors. It has also meant that Kensington and Chelsea now has two excellent arts venues in the Saatchi Gallery and Cadogan Hall.
He was the founding President of the Friends of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and has continued in the family’s tradition as Patron of Chelsea Old Church, St. Luke’s, Holy Trinity Sloane Square and St. Saviours.
Lord Cadogan’s charitable works and service to the community in Kensington and Chelsea and beyond were recognised in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours with the award of a K.B.E. for charitable services.
The five new Honorary Aldermans are:
- Doreen Weatherhead, a councillor for 47 years
- Frances Taylor, who served the council for 32 years
- Bridget Hoier, who spent 30 years in the town hall
- Christopher Buckmaster, with 20 years service
- Tony Holt, who also spent 20 years as councillor
Borough mayor Cllr Robert Freeman said afterwards: “I was delighted to be able to mark the significant contribution to public life made by Lord Cadogan and the former councillors.”