Platinum Jubilee: Eight new cities created in Queen’s honour

The Queen Elizabeth visited the Coast Guard station headquarters in Bangor, Northern Ireland, back in May 2009.

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By Mary O’Connor
BBC News

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The Queen Elizabeth visited the Coast Guard station headquarters in Bangor, Northern Ireland, back in May 2009.

Eight new cities are being created for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with at least one in every UK nation – and on the Falkland Islands and Isle of Man.

Milton Keynes in England, Dunfermline in Scotland, Bangor in Northern Ireland and Wrexham in Wales all get the title.

It is a first for places in an Overseas Territory – Stanley, in the Falklands – and a crown dependency – Douglas, in the Isle of Man – to win city status.

Colchester and Doncaster complete the list getting the royal honour.

Applicants had to show their cultural heritage and royal links.

The Platinum Jubilee civic honours competition also required places to show how their local identity and communities meant they deserved to be granted city status.

The last competition to win civic honours ran a decade ago to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. For the…

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