Preserved counties of Wales

Preserved County ( " county maintained " ) is in Wales the name for ceremonial responsibilities of the Lord Lieutenant, the representatives of the British monarch in Wales. Each Preserved County also has a High Sheriff. Comparable territorial units in England are the local ceremonial counties. Wales is divided into eight Preserved Counties:

The eight Preserved counties of Wales are broadly in eight counties that were newly formed in Wales in 1974 and until 1996 served as the administrative counties. The following table indicates the affiliation of today's 22 Welsh unitary authorities to the Preserved Counties.