July 19th, 2012 | Tags: Chelmsford, Essex, Jubilee City,

Chelmsford, the first official city of Essex

On 14 March 2012 the Queen awarded city status to three cities in the United Kingdom: Chelmsford in Essex, St. Asaph in Wales and Perth in Scotland.

Chelmsford is to become a “Jubilee City”; St Asaph is to be a “Diamond Jubilee City”; and Perth is to be Scotland’s seventh city. To win the "civic honours" accolade, the winning cities beat stiff competition from twenty-two other towns from across the UK. Local authorities were invited to submit bids in a process overseen by the Deputy Prime Minister's office. The Queen granted the awards under the royal prerogative. The award of city status is purely an honour and means no additional funding, powers or functions.

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