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Steve Barclay – 2022 Comments on Eight New Cities

The comments made by Steve Barclay, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on 20 May 2022.

I am delighted that a record number of locations have been awarded the prestigious city status as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.

What was clear to me during the process of assessing each application was the pride that people felt for their communities, local cultural heritage and the Royal Family.

As we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s colossal contribution to society, I am thrilled that we are able to recognise some of the many places that make Britain great.

It is also incredibly reflective of Her Majesty’s global outlook and years of international service that applicants from the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have been selected as winners for the first time.

I look forward to the world coming together to show our pride and gratitude to Queen Elizabeth II on the Jubilee weekend.

[The settlements given city status were:

Bangor, Northern Ireland
Colchester, England
Doncaster, England
Douglas, Isle of Man
Dunfermline, Scotland
Milton Keynes, England
Stanley, Falkland Islands
Wrexham, Wales]