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Borough gets royal seal of approval

PUBLISHED: 10:19 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 25 August 2010

THE Queen has bestowed royal status upon one borough hosting the Olympic Games. Greenwich is set to become a Royal Borough in the year of the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The title recognises the area s royal connections in Eltham, Greenwich and Woolwich, d

THE Queen has bestowed royal status upon one borough hosting the Olympic Games.

Greenwich is set to become a Royal Borough in the year of the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The title recognises the area's royal connections in Eltham, Greenwich and Woolwich, dating back around 600 years.

Council leader Chris Roberts said the status would promote the borough's attractions.

He thanked Lord Sterling, chair of trustees at the National Maritime Museum, for lobbying for the "wonderful" move.

President of the Privy Council, Lord Peter Mandelson, announced the honour in the House of Lords on Tuesday.

The borough has global significance as home of Greenwich Mean Time, a World Heritage Site since 1997, and royal history that has involved more than a dozen Tudor, Stuart and Hanoverian monarchs.

A weekend of celebrations is planned for the beginning of June in 2012 when the Diamond Jubilee takes place including the creation of an extra bank holiday.

The May Day bank holiday will be moved to June 4, and the extra one will be created on June 5, making a four-day public holiday in 2012.


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