Wrexham officially became a city at the start of September – helping to cement its status as a regional hub in North Wales.

The honour was announced earlier this year as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

It’s now the seventh city in Wales – joining Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bangor, St David’s and St Asaph.

Secretary of State, Sir Robert Buckland said: “Congratulations to Wrexham on achieving city status.

“The city and surrounding area already has so much to offer – it’s home to the famous Wrexham Lager Brewery, the Unesco World Heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and a fantastic football club which is Wales’s oldest and one of the oldest in the world.

“There is already much for Wrexham to be proud of and its future is equally exciting. I hope that the city of Wrexham continues to prosper and grow.”

Councillor Mark Pritchard, Leader of the Council, said: “City status is a wonderful achievement and reflects the growing confidence and ambition we have in Wrexham.

“I’d like to thank everybody who supported the ambitious city status bid – from MPs and MSs, to elected councillors, and all the businesses within Wrexham and beyond.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for granting city status. We will always be grateful to Her Majesty for seeing Wrexham’s potential and rewarding us with this tremendous honour.

“We have so much to celebrate here. We have an amazing World Heritage Site, an incredible football club with incredible owners, and a rich and diverse arts and culture scene.

“We have strong links with our armed forces – particularly the Royal Welsh, who only recently provided a wonderful display of military pride and pageantry when they marched through the city centre.

“We have world-class businesses in the county borough, and friends all over the world. In fact there are people across the globe who know and love Wrexham thanks to the Welcome to Wrexham TV series.

“But our greatest asset is our communities, and it’s the amazing passion, character and creativity of the people who live here that make Wrexham what it is.”