Five myth-busting facts about the Platinum Jubilee City Status competition

The full list of towns vying to win the honour of city status has been revealed.

The competition is being run as part of the celebrations to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which takes place in 2022.

Find out more about the places that have entered and how the competition works in our 5 myth-busting facts:


1. A city almost 8,000 miles away is in the running

For the first time ever, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are eligible to apply. Stanley, in the Falkland Islands has applied and there have also been entries from Gibraltar and the Cayman Islands.


2. A total of 39 locations are in the running

22 towns in England, 8 in Scotland, 3 in Northern Ireland and 1 in Wales have applied, alongside 2 locations in Crown Dependencies and 3 in British Overseas Territories.

3. You don’t need a cathedral to become a city

Until the 1880s, city status was directly linked to the presence of a cathedral, but this is no longer the case.


4. Competitions were held for the 1977, 1992, 2002 and 2012 Jubilees

The modern precedent is that city status is awarded following a competition, usually on significant anniversaries of The Queen’s accession to the throne. Competitions for city status were held for the 1977, 1992, 2002 and 2012 Jubilees and in celebration of the Millennium.


5. Twelve UK cities are also vying for Lord Provost or Lord Mayor status

A Lord Mayoralty (or Lord Provostship in Scotland) is an exceptional distinction granted to a few, usually long-established and important cities. It entitles the city’s Mayor, or in Scotland its Provost, to be known as the Lord Mayor or Lord Provost during their term of office.

There are 31 UK cities with a Lord Mayor or Lord Provost.  This time round, 12 cities are vying for Lord Provost or Lord Mayor status, including Newport and Perth who both previously won city status on The Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees.