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The Royal County of Berkshire
Berkshire athin Ingland
Shown athin Ingland
Geography
Status Nan-metropolitan an
Ceremonial county
Origin Historic
Region Sooth East Ingland
Aurie
- Total
Ranked 40t
1,262 km2 (487 sq mi)
ISO 3166-2 Consists o GB-BRC, GB-RDG, GB-SLG, GB-WBK, GB-WNM, GB-WOK
ONS code Umwhile 10
NUTS 3 UKJ11
Demography
Population
- Total (2005)
- Density
Ranked 26t
812,200
643 /km2 (1,670 /sq mi)
Ethnicity 88.7% White
6.8% S.Asie
2.0% Black.
Politics
Nae coonty cooncil
Members o Parliament
Destricts
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  1. Wast Berkshire (Unitary)
  2. Reading (Unitary)
  3. Wokingham (Unitary)
  4. Bracknell Forest (Unitary)
  5. Windsor and Maidenhead (Unitary)
  6. Slough (Unitary)

Berkshire (play /ˈbɑrkʃər/ or /ˈbɑrkʃɪər/, abbreviated Berks) is baith a ceremonial coonty an a historic coonty o Ingland. The admeenistrative coonty o Berkshire includin the Berkshire County Council wur abolished in 1998. The coonty is aften referred tae as the Royal County of Berkshire acause o the presence o the ryal residence o Windsor Castle in the county; this uisage, which dates tae the 19t century at least, wis recognised bi the Queen in 1957, an letters patent issued confirmin this in 1974.[1][2]

The ceremonial coonty haes the same bundaries as the umwhile admeenistrative coonty, but historically the coonty wis no co-terminous wi this. The coonty borders the coonties o Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Wiltshire an Hampshire. Housomeivver the historical several touns tae the northwast where athin the coonty (includin Abingdon, Didcot an Wantage) that wur muivit intae Oxfordshire in 1974 bundary chynges. At the same time the toun o Slough wis muivit intae Berkshire frae Buckinghamshire.[3]

Unner bundary chynges in 1995, the coonty acquired a bundary wi Greater Lunnon an aw.[4] A later reorganisation, in 1998, abolished the coonty cooncil. The heichest tier o local govrenment in Berkshire are nou the unitary authorities o Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, Wast Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead an Wokingham.

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  1. ""The Royal County of Berkshire". Title Confirmed by the Queen". The Times (UK). 30 December 1957. 
  2. Berkshire Record Office. "Berkshire, The Royal County". Golden Jubilee 2002 collection. Retrieved 22 April 2007. 
  3. Local government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. pp. 1, 31. ISBN 0-11-750847-0. 
  4. "The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey (County Boundaries) Order 1994". Office of Public Sector Information. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 

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