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Royal Navy's HMS Dragon receives keys to the city

HMS Dragon is docked in Britannia Quay, Cardiff Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

HMS Dragon is to be given the Freedom of the City of Cardiff today in a ceremony at City Hall.

The keys to the city will be handed to Cardiff's affiliated warship at 11 o'clock, followed by a Freedom Parade through the city.

Since 1886 only 62 people and 9 organisations have been awarded the honour which is only bestowed on 'persons of distinction' and persons who, in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent services to the City of Cardiff.

The destroyer is staffed by 190 men and women, headed by Captain Rex Cox.

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Derrick Morgan, said: "It is an honour to bestow the Freedom of the City of Cardiff to HMS Dragon and to welcome the warship and her crew to the Capital.

"HMS Dragon, the Royal Navy's newest warship, is proudly affiliated to Cardiff and has developed strong links with the city. What a wonderful celebration it is for the city of Cardiff to welcome the ship back to our shores."