UK to get eight new cities to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

This year the UK will gain a whopping eight new cities in recognition of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

And, there’s at least one spot given to all major nations of the UK as well as some dependancies.

The Jubilee will recognise Queen Elizabeth’s reign lasting for 70 years and the civic honour competition was launched following a similar event for the Diamond Jubilee 10 years ago.

Applicants has to demonstrate the cultural heritage and royal links of their areas.

Plus how their local identity and community makes them worthy of city status.

Colcester, Doncaster and Milton Keynes in England were all granted city status thanks to the contest.

Other winners included Dunfermline in Scotland, Bangor in Northern Ireland and Wrexham in Wales.

This year, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories were able to apply for the first time ever.

This meant that Stanley in the Falklands became the first Overseas Territory place to achieve city status.

Douglas in the Isle of Man also secured a city title as a crown dependancy.

UK Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries, said winning city status was a “huge accolade”.

According to the Daily Gazette, Sir Bob Russell, High Steward of Colchester, said the news was “fantastic” and added: "It restores, officially, the title of city which we were granted in AD49 by the Emperor Claudius and it was never taken away.

“We are now no longer Britain’s oldest recorded town, we’re officially Britain’s oldest city.”

Meanwhile, Doncaster Council tweeted: “We're VERY pleased to confirm that Doncaster has won City Status as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations!

“We're one of 8 new cities to win the honour.

“Thank you to everyone who gave us such amazing support to make our bid a winning one!”

And, Wrexham MP Sarah Atherton was “thrilled” that the city was recognised for “potential, ambition, and contribution to our Union”.

A massive 40 destinations applied for city status and the wins meant that there are 76 official cities in mainland UK including 55 in England, eight in Scotland, seven in Wales and six in Northern Ireland.

There are no rules around which places can be granted city status despite common myth believing they must have a cathedral or university.

Letters Patent will be sent to formalise the new city titles later in the year, reports LadBible.

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