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The creation of a Borough is an ancient and honourable status granted to established communities. Brentwood's long history and tradition, coupled with its strong sense of community and civic identity, won it Borough status in March 1993.
The status is conferred by the reigning monarch.
Brentwood's Charter reads:
'Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith: To All To Whom These Presents Shall Come. Greeting!
Whereas certain new local government areas known as districts were established by the Local Government Act 1972;
And whereas a petition praying for the grant of a Charter conferring upon the District of Brentwood the status of a borough has been presented to Us by the council of the said District:
And whereas We are pleased by the advice of Our Privy Council to grant a Charter for such purpose:
Now Therefore Know Ye that We by virtue of Our Prerogative Royal and in pursuance of the Local Government Act 1972 and of all other powers enabling Us in that behalf, have granted and declared by these Presents do grant and declare that the District of Brentwood shall have the status of a Borough.'
The Charter is signed personally by Her Majesty the Queen.
Following Borough status, the Council inaugurated the first Mayor.