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16 June 2011, 11:39 | Updated: 16 June 2011, 11:53
Three Essex towns are among 26 which have applied for city status as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Colchester, Chelmsford and Southend all submitted bids ahead of the deadline on May 27 with one new city being created to mark the Queen's 60 years on the throne.
The 26 towns applying for city status are:
The results are expected to be announced early in 2012.