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Announcement of Golden Jubilee City Status Competition

On 27 October 1998, the then Home Secretary (Jack Straw) announced that the Queen had expressed the intention of marking both the Millennium and the 50th Anniversary of Her Accession to the throne by grants of city status.

On 18 December 2000, the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office (Mike O'Brien) announced that The Queen had agreed to the Prime Minister's recommendation that Her Golden Jubilee should be marked, exceptionally, by grants of city status to a suitably qualified town in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

On 23 July 2001, the Lord Chancellor announced in a written answer to a Parliamentary Question that the competitions for city status and Lord Mayoralty would be launched on 25 July 2001, with the closing date of 12 October 2001.

The details are contained in a press notice issued on 25 July.

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Grant of City Status

City status is a rare mark of distinction granted by the Sovereign and conferred by Letters Patent. It is granted by personal Command of the Queen, on the advice of Her Ministers.

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Additional Functions/Powers Conferred by City Status

The grant of city status is purely honorific; it confers no additional powers or functions on the town.

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Criteria

City status is not, and never has been, a right which can be claimed by a town fulfilling certain conditions. The use of specific criteria could lead to a town claiming city status as of right, which in turn might devalue the honour. All applications are considered on their individual merits.

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Awards Since 1900

2002

Preston
Newport
Stirling
Lisburn
Newry

2000

Brighton & Hove
Inverness
Wolverhampton

1994

Armagh
St David's

1992

Sunderland (40th Anniversary of Queen's Accession to the throne)

1977

Derby (Queen's Silver Jubilee)

1969

Swansea (Investiture of HRH The Prince of Wales)

1964

Southampton

1951

Cambridge

1937

Lancaster (George VI's Coronation)

1928

Plymouth

1926

Portsmouth
Salford

1925

Stoke-on-Trent

1919

Leicester

1905

Cardiff

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UK Cities

Following the Golden Jubillee city status competition, there are now 66 cities in the UK - 50 in England, 5 in Wales, 6 in Scotland and 5 in Northern Ireland.

English Cities

Bath
Birmingham
Bradford
Brighton & Hove
Bristol
Carlisle
Cambridge
Canterbury
Chester
Chichester
Coventry
Derby
Durham
Ely
Exeter
Gloucester
Hereford
Kingston-upon-Hull
Lancaster
Leeds
Leicester
Lichfield
Lincoln
Liverpool
London

Manchester
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Norwich
Nottingham
Oxford
Peterborough
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Preston
Ripon
Salford
Salisbury
Sheffield
Southampton
St Albans
Stoke-on-Trent
Sunderland
Truro
Wakefield
Wells
Westminster
Winchester
Wolverhampton
Worcester
York


Welsh Cities

Bangor, Cardiff, Newport, St David's and Swansea

Scottish Cities

Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling.

Northern Irish Cities

Armagh, Belfast, Lisburn, Londonderry and Newry.

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Frequently asked questions

Who awards city status?

Who is responsible for advising The Queen?

Which other Ministers are involved?

Do the devolved administrations have a say?

Who decides when there will be a competition?

Can anyone apply for their town to become a city?

How is the award bestowed?

Which towns were granted city status to mark the Millennium?

Which other towns applied for the Millennium city status competition?

English Applicants

Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Chelmsford, Colchester, Croydon, Doncaster, Dover, Guildford, Ipswich, Luton, Maidstone, Medway, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Preston, Reading, Shrewsbury & Atcham, Southend on Sea, Southwark, Stockport, Swindon, Telford and Warrington

Welsh Applicants

Aberystwyth, Machynlleth, Newport, Newtown, St Asaph and Wrexham

Scottish Applicants

Ayr, Paisley and Stirling

Northern Irish Applicants

Ballymena and Lisburn

Have they all been invited to apply for the Golden Jubilee competition?

How many towns will be granted city status to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee?

How does a town qualify for city status?

Why are there no criteria?

Must a city have a cathedral?

What guidance has been given to potential applicants?

When will the results of the Golden Jubilee competition be announced?

Can unsuccessful towns appeal against the decision?

There is also to be an award of Lord Mayoralty for the Golden Jubilee. How does a town apply for a Lord Mayoralty?







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