Falkland Islands capital among eight towns winning city status as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

THREE English towns and one in Wales are among eight to win city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Colchester, Doncaster, Milton Keynes and Wrexham get the honour.

Falklands Islands capital Stanley is the first Overseas Territory to do so, while Douglas on Crown Dependency the Isle of Man also receives the civic accolade.

Dunfermline in Scotland and Bangor in Northern Ireland are the other two announced by the Cabinet Office.

They are some of the places that “make Britain great”, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay said.

Stanley’s award comes as the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, when Argentine forces invaded, has seen residents come together to remember the sacrifices made during the conflict.


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It boasts a calendar of celebrations and special events such as Peat Cutting Monday and the annual Stanley Sports Race Meeting, which includes horse racing and gymkhana events.

The Falkland Islands has been a regular hotspot for royal visits for many years, starting with the Duke of Edinburgh in 1957.

The Duke of Cambridge was deployed to the Falkland Islands for a six-week tour as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot in 2016.

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