Ceremonial county

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A ceremonial county is a term used to refer to an English county area that has its own Lord Lieutenant. Ceremonial counties are no longer important for local government purposes, but are a very convenient way of dividing up the map of England.

List of ceremonial counties


Metropolitan counties

Unitary counties

These are ceremonial counties containing a single unitary authority:

"Semi-unitary" counties

These are counties with a unitary council of the same name covering only part of the ceremonial county:

Other single-tier counties

These are counties with no county council, containing two or more unitary authorities:

Two-tier counties

These are counties with a county council and one or more district councils. Some of these also have one or more unitary authorities within the ceremonial county.