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City of Gibraltar’s status reaffirmed after officials discovered it had been left off the list

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Welcome to the CITY of Gibraltar! Government finally adds Gibraltar to Britain’s list of cities after experts discovered it had been left out for 180 YEARS – despite being awarded the award in 1842 by Queen Victoria

  • Research at the National Archives revealed that Gibraltar was awarded the prize in 1842
  • Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the recognition is ‘excellent’ to see
  • Ministers have published a new record of places that have achieved status

Gibraltar was granted city status after researchers discovered that it was originally awarded the prize 180 years ago by Queen Victoria.

The government is now reaffirming Gibraltar’s city status after an investigation in the National Archives revealed that Queen Victoria awarded the prize in 1842.

But since then, Gibraltar has been left out of the official list of recognized cities.

Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was “excellent” to see the recognition and described it as a “huge accolade” for Gibraltar’s “rich history and dynamism”.

Gibraltar (pictured) is a 2.6-square-mile rocky peninsula that is a British colony and borders Spain

The British colony, which was granted city status 180 years ago, has not been on the list of official cities for 180 years

The British colony, which was granted city status 180 years ago, has not been on the list of official cities for 180 years

It comes as ministers release a new record of the 81 places that have achieved special status so far, including the eight new designations awarded earlier this year as part of a competition to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Cabinet Minister Kit Malthouse said: ‘The cities in this list are incredibly rich in history and culture, and the locals of those areas are justifiably proud to see the significance of their city on paper.

“I’m hopeful that people based in these places, especially the new cities, will be able to reap the benefits of their home’s increased global reputation and it will attract more domestic investment for local businesses.”

Gibraltar is a 2.6 square mile rocky peninsula that is a British colony and borders Spain.

It became British territory in 1713 under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht, which ended the War of the Spanish Succession.

But in recent decades, the EU has tried to pressure London and Madrid to resolve their future status.

In a referendum in 2002, the Gibraltarians firmly rejected the idea of ​​joint sovereignty.

The Rock’s 2006 constitution states that no sovereignty can be transferred to Spain against the will of its constituents.

Government is now reaffirming Gibraltar's city status after research in the National Archives found Queen Victoria awarded the prize in 1842

Government is now reaffirming Gibraltar’s city status after research in the National Archives found Queen Victoria awarded the prize in 1842

In late 2006, passenger flights between Spain and Gibraltar resumed for the first time in nearly 30 years, but Spain resumed border controls seven years later in response to a plan by Gibraltar to build an artificial reef.

The 2006 air link was restored after Gibraltar, Spain and Britain signed agreements to improve living conditions on the Rock.

The full list of recognized overseas territories cities includes Hamilton, Bermuda; Jamestown, Saint Helena; and Stanley, Falkland Islands – the latter of which was one of eight places to win Platinum Jubilee status.

Gibraltar: British rock on the Mediterranean since 1713

Gibraltar is a 2.6 square mile rocky peninsula that borders Spain and is just 16 miles from North Africa.

It became British territory in 1713 under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht, which ended the War of the Spanish Succession.

As a British Overseas Territory, it is home to a military garrison and has a naval base. But in recent decades, the EU has tried to pressure London and Madrid to resolve their future status.

In a referendum in 2002, the Gibraltarians firmly rejected the idea of ​​joint sovereignty.

The Rock's 2006 constitution states that sovereignty cannot be transferred to Spain against the will of its voters

The Rock’s 2006 constitution states that sovereignty cannot be transferred to Spain against the will of its voters

The Rock’s 2006 constitution states that no sovereignty can be transferred to Spain against the will of its constituents.

Free travel between Spain and Gibraltar was fully restored in 1985, but travelers continued to experience delays at the border.

In late 2006, passenger flights between Spain and Gibraltar resumed for the first time in nearly 30 years, but Spain resumed border controls seven years later in response to a plan by Gibraltar to build an artificial reef.

The 2006 air link was restored after Gibraltar, Spain and Britain signed agreements to improve living conditions on the Rock.

Most Gibraltarians speak both English and Spanish.

Named in Arabic ‘Jabal Tariq’, after the Muslim commander Tariq Ibn-Ziyad who turned the Rock into a fortress in 711, it has been an important naval base for over 1000 years.

That long maritime history explains the diverse population, with many residents of mixed Genoese, British, Spanish and Maltese descent.

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