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royal borough and outer borough of London, part of the historic county of Surrey. It lies on the south bank of the River Thames about 12 miles (19 km) southwest of central London. The borough was established in 1965 by the amalgamation of the former royal borough of Kingston-upon-Thames with the boroughs of Malden, Coombe, and Surbiton (all in Surrey). It includes four neighbourhoods: Kingston Town, Maldens and Coombe, South of the Borough, and Surbiton.