Milton Keynes receives city status as part of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Milton Keynes has been officially recognised as a city after being granted the status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

MK was one of a record-breaking 8 cities in the United Kingdom and its overseas dependencies to be bestowed the honour, with city status officially bestowed by the monarchy.

A longlist of nearly 40 places had been drawn up, featuring towns from across the UK.

Alongside MK, the English towns of Doncaster and Colchester, Dunfermline in Scotland, Wrexham in Wales, Bangor in Northern Ireland, Douglas on the Isle of Man and Stanley in the Falkland Islands have received the honour.

The news was confirmed on Friday morning (20/05) by the Cabinet Office, who help fulfil the granting of city status by the monarchy.

The Platinum Jubilee Civic Honours Competition required applicants to demonstrate how their unique communities and distinct local identity meant they deserved to be awarded city status. They were also required to highlight their royal associations and cultural heritage.

MK Council had previously announced its intent to bid for city status in December 2021, in a deal with bipartisan political support and administrative development from 50 knowledgeable people and organisations to help put the bid together.

Milton Keynes had made 3 bids for the city status honour in the past, which had all been previously rejected. MK had made bids in 2000, 2002 and 2012.

‘Letters Patent’ will now be prepared which will confer each of the awards formally and will be presented to winners later in the year.

Destination Milton Keynes said, “We are very pleased to announce that Milton Keynes is one of them.

“We are extremely pleased for the ‘city’ and proud to have been a part of the bid process.”

A ceremony in Central Milton Keynes was held on Friday to celebrate the milestone, while many other local figures and businesses have commented their delight at the accolade being achieved.

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