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Royal Borough of Greenwich

Her Majesty the Queen bestowed the status of Royal Borough upon Greenwich in South East London – making it the first borough to be granted Royal status in over 80 years.

Greenwich becomes Royal

03 February 2012

Greenwich is known globally as the home of the Prime Meridian, Greenwich Mean Time and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this double honour will provide a unique experience for spectators, visitors and residents.

Over 18 million visitors already arrive in Greenwich each year to enjoy our unrivalled collection of historic Royal buildings and open spaces, our riverfront and our cultural attractions. The borough was the only UK destination listed in Frommer’s top ten global places to visit in 2012.

The declaration of Royal Borough status for Greenwich is one of the first actions to mark the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Councillor Chris Roberts, Leader of Greenwich Council, and Councillor Jim Gillman, Mayor of Greenwich, delivered the Letters Patent – a document formally confirming the Borough’s Royal status and signed by The Queen – to the Town Hall in Woolwich, having collected it earlier in the day from the Office of the Lord Chancellor.

"Greenwich has many features that lead it to be recognised across the globe – the Prime Meridian, Greenwich Mean Time, its magnificent buildings as well as open spaces and the riverfront. In so many elements of Greenwich’s heritage, we can trace a strong Royal link – from Royal patronage of the arts, science and exploration, through the monarchy’s links with the Military and the Ordnance, to the ongoing support given by members of the Royal Family to community and voluntary organisations in the Borough.


  1. The London Borough of Greenwich will from this day forward be known as the Royal Borough of Greenwich . This is a change in the authority’s legal status.
  2. The Royal Borough of Greenwich crest has been designed by the Royal College of Arms , part of the Royal Household. Media can obtain hard copy or electronic version of the crest from the Royal Borough of Greenwich press office .

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