Barbara Windsor said she was ‘honoured’ to receive the Freedom of the City of London because it meant she was finally posh.

The former EastEnders actress was awarded the honour in London’s Guildhall, and showed off her certificate in the rainy courtyard.

She said: “I can’t believe it. I thought you had to be very posh.

“I am a true, true Londoner. I love London with a passion and I’m just so honoured. Why me?

“I’m in a job I absolutely love and I feel so important today. I just wish my mother was here because she always wanted me to be posh. I’d say, ‘look Mum, at last I’m posh.'”

The 72-year-old said she hoped new developments would not ruin the city’s identity.

“I come from the city which is magnificent and then you see these horrific buildings that didn’t take much thought to do – I agree with Prince Charles on that, absolutely.

“But I just love London. Look at it, it’s fantastic, it’s the best. Please, please don’t ruin it. Please keep our identity, it’s so important.”

Last month Barbara filmed her final scenes as Albert Square’s Peggy Mitchell after almost 16 years on the show. Asked what was next for her, she said: “I’ve only just left EastEnders so we’ll see.”

But she said she didn’t have dreams left to fulfil, adding: “I’ve done most of it, haven’t I?”

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