Eight places were given city status ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, including the first ever overseas territory in Stanley in the Falkland Islands.

The other locations that received the designation included Colchester, Milton Keynes and Doncaster in England, Wrexham in Wales, Dunfermline in Scotland, Bangor in Northern Ireland and Douglas on the Isle of Man.

These eight places are what “make Britain great”, according to Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay.

He said: “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."

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What are the benefits of city status?

There are not any concrete benefits with being a city, as it doesn't afford a location tax breaks for example, or give the local council any new powers.

Effects in the long-term for the local economy may be its biggest selling point, but more than anything else it can be a symbol of pride for the local people.

It's being among the select few places that have that status that makes it more special.

Additionally, according to the Cabinet Office the new cities can expect a boost to local communities and open up new opportunities for people who live there.