SOLANGE KNOWLES has received the key to New Orleans.
The 29-year-old singer, born in Texas, wrote on Twitter, “I can’t put into words how grateful I am to be given the Key to the City! NEW ORLEANS, from the bottom of my soul, I am so thankful.”
Receiving a key to the city symbolises the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will, as a trusted friend of city.
Solange, the younger sister of pop star Beyoncè, has a special relationship with New Orleans.
She has lived there part-time for over a year and married long-time partner Alan Ferguson there in 2014.
“My introduction to New Orleans was a lengthier love story,” she told Nola.
“It was a celebratory location to us in Houston,” she said. “You’d go there for weddings, graduations – most of my friends went to Xavier. The Bayou Classic, things like that.
“Then I started coming back four or five years ago as an adult, and experiencing the magic and the beauty of the city in an entirely different scope, an entirely different emotional reaction. Now, every time I land here, the smell of the air when I get off the plane, when we pass over the river, I feel immediately a sense of peace.”