Lieutenancy area

Lieutenancy areas /lɛfˈtɛnəns/ are the separate areas of the United Kingdom appointed a lord-lieutenant – a representative of the British monarch. In many cases they have similar demarcation and naming to, but are not necessarily conterminate with, the counties of the United Kingdom.

Lieutenancy area
LocationUnited Kingdom
Number99 (as of 2008)
Possible typesEngland (48)
Northern Ireland (8)
Scotland (35)
Wales (8)


In England, lieutenancy areas are colloquially known as the ceremonial counties, although this phrase does not appear in any legislation referring to them. The lieutenancy areas of Scotland are subdivisions of Scotland that are more or less based on the counties of Scotland, making use of the major cities as separate entities.[1] In Wales, the lieutenancy areas are known as the preserved counties of Wales and are based those used for lieutenancy and local government between 1974 and 1996 and not the historic counties. The lieutenancy areas of Northern Ireland correspond to the six counties and two former county boroughs.


Not shown: City of London


  1. The Lord-Lieutenants (Scotland) Order 1996, Statutory Instrument 1996 No. 731 (S.83)