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14 March 2002

Her Majesty The Queen has granted city status to:

On advice from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Lord Chancellor exceptionally recommended, and Her Majesty agreed, that two towns in Northern Ireland should be granted city status on this occasion.

City status is granted by personal command of The Queen, on advice from Ministers. The last towns to be granted city status were Brighton & Hove, Inverness and Wolverhampton to mark the Millennium.

City status is purely honorific; its grant confers no additional powers or functions on the successful towns. Guidelines for the grant of these honours were issued for the first time for the Golden Jubilee competition.

Congratulating the successful towns on their outstanding applications, the Lord Chancellor commented that the standard of applications from all parts of the UK for city status was very high and demonstrated a very positive attitude to Her Majesty's Jubilee among towns across the United Kingdom.

The honours are conferred by Letters Patent signed by The Queen.

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