Reading has failed in its bid to become a city.

Stanley in the Falklands Islands, Bangor in Northern Ireland, along with Colchester, Doncaster and Milton Keynes, Dunfermline in Scotland and Wrexham in Wales have all been given city status to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Reading had faced competition from  Milton Keynes, a town not too far away.

Reading Council leader Jason Brock said: "This is obviously hugely disappointing news for Reading, the Council and everybody who backed the bid.

"As we said from the outset, however, this bid was about showcasing Reading, everything it has to offer and everything we love about it, from our rich history, our Royal connections, our diversity, our cultural scene and our economy, which drives the whole region. We firmly believe our bid was a strong one, and today's result doesn't change any of the things which make us proud of Reading."

The award comes as the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War after Argentine forces invaded the Falklands on April 2 1982 has seen residents come together to remember the sacrifices made during the conflict.

The new cities can expect a boost to local communities and open up new opportunities for people who live there, according to the Cabinet Office.

Jason Brock added: "Our congratulations to all the winners and, in particular, our nearby neighbours, Milton Keynes.

"Reading will, for now, remain a ‘little big town' just as it’s always been, something that sets us apart and we remain hugely proud of. Plus, after too many heart-in-mouth moments, we’ve still got Championship football in Reading next year, so that’s a bonus."