Adolfo Canepa, a former government minister, mayor, chief minister, leader of the opposition, acting governor and Speaker of the Gibraltar parliament, was awarded the Freedom of the City at a ceremony on Wednesday.
He was presented with the Keys of Gibraltar by the chief minister, Fabian Picardo, who paid tribute to his service to the community and finished by saying: "Adolfo, on behalf of Gibraltar, I thank you for your many years of devotion and service to the community you love. What you have received today is the highest accolade that your fellow Gibraltarians can give you. You deserve this Freedom but now you also deserve many more years of happy and healthy retirement. As a memento and keepsake for you and for many generations of Canepa's to come, it gives me great pleasure to present you with 'The Keys of Gibraltar'. You have earned them and I know will guard them safely. Congratulations, my friend."
In 2014, Mr Canepa published his memoirs, a book called Serving my Gibraltar.