The contenders include a world-renowned golf hub, the capital of the Falkland Islands and a tiny Cornish town with a population of just 1,440.
Some 39 places from across the UK – and overseas territories for the first time – are in the hunt to become the first 'civic honours' winners since Chelmsford, Perth and the Welsh town of St Asaph in 2012.
Milton Keynes, one of the largest towns on the list with almost 250,000 residents, is hoping it's fourth time lucky after failing in 2000, 2002 and 2012.
St Andrews, Stanley (pictured) and Marazion are facing off against dozens of other towns in a bid to be granted city status by the Queen as part of next year's Platinum Jubilee celebrations
There are 70 cities in the UK – 52 in England, six in Wales, seven in Scotland and five in Northern Ireland.
Becoming a city does not grant a town any extra rights, but it is thought to grant a place more prestige and increase the number of visitors.
If Marazion is successful and becomes the UK's smallest city after St Davids in Wales, it will 'further raise the profile of Marazion, stimulate local businesses and prosper the community in the immediate locality and beyond,' chair of the town's Chamber of Commerce Paul Elliott said.
The likes of Reading and Boston, meanwhile, are relying on their rich heritage to give them an advantage.
Tourist hotspot Marazion (pictured), which is on the Cornish coast, has just 1,440 residents but it hoping to be granted city status
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