There are only 30 cities in the UK who have been honoured by the Queen and granted with a Lord Mayoralty, and now Southampton hopes to be another place to be added to the list. Her Majesty has only bestowed the honour on two cities in the past 20 years, and Southampton is hoping that they will win their bid in 2012 in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Southampton already has a mayor, Councillor Carol Cunio, but the council believes that the city should be granted the extra Lord Mayoralty status.
Councillor Royston Smith, who is the Council leader said: “Southampton is truly a remarkable city which has a long and distinguished history, playing an integral part in this country’s good fortunes and the defence of its monarchy.
Exeter was the last city to be granted Lord Mayoralty in 2002, in celebration of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
The title comes with no further powers, functions or funding, but council bosses believe that it will boost the city.
Cllr Smith added: “From the city’s point of view, being granted a Lord Mayoralty would be a great honour – it would put Southampton on the map.
“We’ve only been a city since 1964 – we’re not a very old city but we’ve got bigger and this seems like the next step in the process.
“We want to demonstrate to everyone that Southampton is worthy of such a prestigious status.”