YESTERDAY, we reported that Reading could be awarded city status through a new competition being run by the Queen.

Her Majesty The Queen has agreed for a competition to be held to grant the prestigious and rare civic honours of ‘city status’ and ‘Lord Mayor or Lord Provost status’, to a select number of worthy towns and cities in the UK.

This will be the first time in 10 years that Her Majesty awards civic honours and the occasion comes as part of celebrations to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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Reading is a town but is often mistaken for a city by people who don't live here.

We asked our readers whether they think the town should become a city.

Our online poll asked readers whether the town should be a city.

Out of 42 responses 59.5 per cent said yes whilst 40.5 per cent said no.

Residents were divided on their views.

Commenting on the recent competition being run by the Queen, one reader said: "Reading is way overdue for city status. Hope they get it this time."

Another added: "I hope it will become a city one day."

One simply said: "YES" followed by a love heart.

One reader seemed indifferent and said: "What difference does it make?"

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However, some were certain it shouldn't become a city.

One reader said: "No it should never be a city."

Another added: "No, cities have cathedrals no?"

As part of this government’s commitment to levelling up and increasing opportunity across the United Kingdom, local authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can enter the competition and make a case for why its area deserves to be granted one of these honours.

For the first time, the city status competition will also be open to applications from the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

The Civic Honours competition will provide local authorities with the chance to showcase their civic pride, interesting heritage and record of innovation - putting their hometowns on the map and bringing greater prosperity of opportunity.