Cornwall has been granted 'national minority status', giving it the same importance as Scotland, Wales and Ireland under European law.
It means the government has officially recognised that Cornwall has a distinctive culture and heritage that needs protecting.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has been talking in Newquay about the impact of Cornwall's new minority status.
Cornish people will now have the same status as the Scots, the Welsh and Irish.
– Dick Cole, leader of Cornish independence party Mebyon Kernow
"The detail is still to come out on what this might mean, but make no mistake that this is a proud day for Cornwall."
Cornwall will be granted European Minority Status today.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, will be in Newquay today to speak about what it'll mean for the county.
Cornish people will now have the same status as the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish. The Cornish language has already been recognised under European rules for minority languages.