Essex is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in the East of England.
It is a home county.
Ceremonial counties are areas of England to which are appointed a Lord Lieutenant.
Home counties are counties which border London.
The office of Lord Lieutenant can be considered viceregal but is certainly not equivalent to Governor-General. A very spiffy uniform is usually authorized, however. He or she has no official duties between parades that I could find.
The county's coat of arms contains three Saxon seax knives on a red background.
Essex was once a kingdom, but was subsumed into the Kingdom of England and later became
just a county thereof.
Essex is home to the Dunmow Flitch Trials.
Famous people who were born in Essex include Dame Maggie Smith and Jamie Oliver, though at different times. Winston Churchill slept there once.
The motto of the county council is: "Essex Wonks".
That is all.
Correction: "Essex Works".
For extra credit, say the following really fast three times: The sixth sick sheik sucked on seven Saxon seax.
If anyone knows any other interesting things about Essex, or if you have any cute Essex anecdotes, please put them in comments. On soubriquet's blog, though.