The application for City Status for St Andrews as part of Her Majesty The
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations was not approved by the Minister of
State, Lord Nicholas True CBE.
Lord True said, “It has been truly inspiring to read the applications, and to
see the sense of civic pride on display. As we celebrate the first British
Monarch to reach 70 years on the throne, this competition has been a
very fitting way to mark this very special occasion.
“For the first time, all applications were assessed by an expert panel, with
Ministers making final recommendations to Her Majesty The Queen. As
you will appreciate, the award of city status is a rare and prestigious
honour, granted sparingly. I am sorry that on this occasion I have been
unable to make a favourable recommendation to Her Majesty that St
Andrews be awarded city status.
“You will, of course, be disappointed not to have been honoured on this
occasion. The number and standard of applications was very high. I hope
the competition has given your citizens a sense of civic pride, of collective
ownership and of community spirit. I have been impressed by the pride
and passion which people have shown in putting their nominations
All of us on the City Status Working Group should be proud of our efforts
in making this application and, in turn, convey our congratulations to
Dunfermline’s elevation from Royal Burgh to City and rejoice that
Scotland’s success came to Fife.