Clwyd is a Preserved County and a former administrative county of Wales. A Preserved county in Wales includes the responsibility of the ceremonial offices Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff.
In 1974, the new administrative county Clwyd formed from the counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire and from a part of Merionethshire and divided into six districts. The name refers to the River Clwyd Clwyd. Since the administrative reform of 1996 Clwyd is no longer the administrative county, but a Preserved County. In his area today four principal areas: