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Jubilee city status application

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.



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