On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s throne, selected municipalities are declared cities. Above all, places in British overseas territories are hoping for an economic upswing.
The capital of the British overseas territory of the Falklands becomes a city in the Queen’s jubilee year. As part of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th jubilee, Stanley was granted city rights, according to the central government agency Cabinet Office in London, 12,700 kilometers away.
Honor also falls on the 40th commemoration of the 1982 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina. Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, was also selected for the competition.
A total of eight municipalities were able to prevail. In addition to the two island capitals, these are Bangor in Northern Ireland, Dunfermline in Scotland, Wrexham in Wales and Colchester, Doncaster and Milton Keynes in England.
“As we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s tremendous contribution to society, I am pleased that we can recognize some of the many places that make Britain great,” said UK Cabinet Member Steve Barclay. The selection reflects “Her Majesty’s global perspective and years of international service”. “What I realized as I evaluated each application was the pride people feel for their communities, local cultural heritage and the royal family,” Barclay said. The new cities are now hoping for a boom and new opportunities for the residents.