How Much Do You Really Know About the United Kingdom?


From kings to queens, from Beatles to Rolling Stones there really is much to learn about the United Kingdom. Many people confuse United Kingdom with just England, but, in fact, the famously rainy island is home to the four friendly neighbors: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This multicultural land is famous for its unique mix of Roman, French, Germanic and other influences, which all bring the best from their own world. Get a peak inside this quaint country famous for its football, beer, spies, music, weather and, of course, humor!

Did you know?

The empire on which the sun never sets

The British Empire once spanned the globe. This led to the saying that the Sun never set on it since it was always daytime somewhere in the Empire.

At the height of its glory, the British Empire stretched from New Zealand and Australia all the way up to Canada. It included many countries including India, South Africa, and some other African countries. At its zenith in the 18th century, the British Empire ruled a quarter of the world’s population.

By the start of the 20th century, these lands of settlement, known as Dominions, were largely internally governed. As these settlements became less profitable, the idea of a Commonwealth began.

From the start, the UK was the dominant force in what was known as 'the British Commonwealth.' This was run from the Commonwealth Office in London. In 1965, an office called the Commonwealth Secretariat was set up to run the Commonwealth. The UK remained the dominant power giving directives through the various offices.

Today, the Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organization of 52 member states 

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