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Falkland Islands capital wants to be UK’s first city abroad for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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Argentina could soon have a British city approved by the Queen herself as a close neighbour. The Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory, is set to apply to have its capital, Stanley, become the first British city at large.

As per tradition, the Queen’s Jubilee usually sees several towns bid for city status.

In 2022, for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, towns from British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies will be eligible, hence why Stanley has already announced its run.

The Falkland Islands’ capital will be competing against Gibraltar and George Town in the Cayman Islands.

Following recommendations by Government officials, the Queen will make her decision and approve a winner.

The Hon Leona Roberts, who represents Stanley on the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands, said in a statement: “We have always had very strong links with the Royal family, whose visits are always well-received.”

Prince William was previously deployed to the Falklands in 2012 with the RAF as a helicopter pilot.

The late Prince Philip also visited the archipelago in 1957 aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Ms Roberts added: “This is something we really wanted to be a part of.

“It would be a huge privilege to gain city status, although we know there is a lot of competition and we are managing expectations.

“Our population is about 2,500, so in terms of cities, we would be one of the smallest. But everyone here is absolutely behind the bid. We are very proud of our country and Stanley.”

Steve Barclay, Cabinet Office minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whose department is running the competition, said: “Today’s announcement is a celebration of the rich and diverse communities which make up not only the United Kingdom but also our friends further afield in the Falklands, Gibraltar and the Cayman Islands.

“It’s fitting that, as we look towards celebrating the 70-year reign of Her Majesty the Queen, we extend the competition to include those parts of the world which also hold her so dearly.

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“City status is not only about local pride.

“It can deliver real levelling up benefits for businesses and the local area which is clear from the high number of applications.

“A sincere best of luck to all those who have applied.”

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