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Ceremonial counties of England

The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to administrative counties of England. They are mainly used for ceremonial purposes. They generally include areas that have seceeded in the source county. Exceptions to that include the metropolitan counties and Bristol.

The ceremonial counties first diverged from the traditional counties of England in 1373, when a Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol was created. They diverged much further in 1974 when they were aligned with the administrative counties. Following the reorganisation of the administrative counties in the 1990s, they are no longer aligned with these either.

The lieutenancy areas are

See also: Ceremonial counties of Wales, Lieutenancy areas of Scotland, Administrative counties of England, Traditional counties of England, UK topics.