This year, as part of the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, 70 years after the beginning of her reign, the tradition has been Civic honors competition: A competition in which 39 cities seek to win the honorary title “City”.
However, this will be the first time that overseas territories will be part of the competition: in a new provocation to Argentina, The British government included among the applicants the capital of the Falkland Islands.
Only two weeks later The last British ChikanaWhen Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a Christmas greeting that 2022 would mark 40 years to the “conquest, occupation and liberation” of the islands, The UK is once again proud of a military victory that international law does not recognize as the sovereign.
This time, it has done so by including Puerto Argentino, the capital of the Falkland Islands, among the list of 39 cities that will compete to be considered a “city”, “honorary title” Which, according to an official statement from the British government, It means not only “domestic pride” but also increased visibility, economic and commercial benefitsincluding grants and financial aid.
Además de Puerto Argentino, Participarán Alcester (Warwickshire); Balimina (County Antrim); Bangor (County Down); Blackburn (Lancashire); Bolsover (Derbyshire); Boston (Lincolnshire); Bournemouth (Dorset); Coleraine (County of Londonderry); Colchester (Essex); Crowley (West Sussex); Crow (Cheshire); Doncaster (South Yorkshire); Dorchester (Dorset); Douglas (Isle of Man); Dudley (West Midlands); Dumfries (Dumfries and Galloway); Dunfermline (Five); Elgin (Murray); Georgetown (Cayman Islands); y Gibraltar (Gibraltar).
También formarán parte de la Competencia Goole (East Yorkshire); Greenock (Renfrewshire); Guildford (surrey); Livingston (West Lothian); Marazion (Cornwall); Midway (Kent); Middlesbrough (North Yorkshire); Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire); Newport and Carisbrook (Isle of Wight); Northampton (Northamptonshire); Oban (Argyll and Bute); Reading (Berkshire); Bell (Isle of Man); St. Andrews (Fife); South Ayrshire (Ayrshire and Arran); Warrington (Cheshire); Warwick (Warwickshire); y Wrexham (Clloyd).
Argentina government response
Source of Executive Power Consultant Page 12, warned that this is “A unilateral action does not change the Argentine claim and position.”
“In the event that it comes to fruition, it will just be an honorable mention. Without consequences under international law, the domain that “The legitimate exercise of Argentine sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands is demanded,” the source added.
in the UK, It is not uncommon for cities to apply for ‘city’ status on the occasion of the Queen’s Jubilee.
In the 2002 Golden Jubilee, honors went to Preston, Newport, Stirling, Lisburn and Newry. In 2012, for the Diamond Jubilee, the new cities were Chelmsford, St. Asaph and Perth.
For this year’s competition, participants had to highlight the characteristics of each candidate to be declared a city.
“To receive this honor as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee would truly be an incredible honour. Not only will it serve as a sugar cookie in our plans to celebrate His Majesty’s 70 years in office, but it will also send a signal about the economic, social and political development of the islands during those period and how we position ourselves in the future.” To the Falkland Islands Government Executive Director, Andy Keeling.
“We are not just a nation of penguins and public servants, but a country with a role to play within the global community as a business destination, haven for international tourists and an environmental partner,” Keeling added.
after applications, A panel of experts will make recommendations for the case, which must eventually be approved by the Queen. The final decision on which districts will receive the ‘city’ title will be made in the spring and announced shortly after, as part of celebrations for the 70th anniversary of Elizabeth II’s reign.