United Kingdom? Yes, please!

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This is a work made in the 10th grade about the United Kingdom. All you should know about England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in just one work. Geographical Location, Language, flag, monuments and sights, history, stereotypes, sports, 2012 Olympic Games, Economy, Royal Family, Commonwealth, festivals/special days, British personalities, food, transports and so much more about this amazing country. Please enjoy and if you do, like, comment and share. Thanks!


  • U.K. Yes, Please
  • Identity Card Capital London Official Language English Area 243 610 km2 Population 62 262 000 people Anthem God Save the Queen Denonym British/Briton
  • Geographical Location The British isles are located in the north- western coast of Europe and separated from the continent by the English Channel and the Strait of Dover in the south and the North Sea in the east.
  • Spoken Languages The official language spoken in the U.K. is English, but there are other dialects and different pronunciations. Some of the dialects are Welsh, Irish, Ulster Scots, Cornish, Gaelic and British Sign Language
  • There are four countries in the United Kingdom:
  • UK Flag
  • England The England is part of both Great Britain and the United Kingdom and its capital is London. England is divided into 34 counties. The national emblem of England is the Rose.
  • England
  • Scotland Edinburgh is the capital, one of the oldest cities in the UK. There we can find museums and castles. The national symbol of Scotland is the Thistle. The flag is called Saltire or St. Andrew's Cross. Included are about 186 islands.
  • There is a lake well known by everybody, the Loch Ness, where according to the legend lives a monster called Nessie.
  • Wales Cardiff is the capital, principal seaport and shipbuilding centre. There are many cafs and cinemas and there are many castles The two symbols of Wales are a leek and a daffodil. Dragon of Cadwallader is the national flag of Wales.
  • Northern Ireland There are lots of old beautifull buildings, parks and castles. The flag is called St. Patrick's Cross and the national emblem Ireland is a Shamrock. The capital and largest city is Belfast .
  • Northern Ireland
  • Festivals London hosts several festivals, fairs and carnivals throughout the year with over 40 free festivals each year. The most famous is the Notting Hill Carnival. There are also large parades held on St. George's Day and St Patrick's Day.
  • There are over 100 theatres most concentrated in the West End and there are more than 17,000 theatrical performances per year. West End theatres are commercial ventures that host comedy and serious drama. The most famous are the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe, The Royal Court Theatre, the Old Vic and the Young Vic. Theatre
  • Big Ben London Eye St Pauls Cathedral Millennium Bridge Westminster Abbey Hyde Park Tower of London Tower Bridge London Bridge Trafalgar Square The Shard London Monuments/Parks
  • Art The British National collection of Western Art to 1900 is held at The National Gallery. The national collection of post-1900 art is at Tate Modern and the national collection of British Art is at Tate Britain. The National Portrait Gallery has a major collection dedicated to prominent British people from all periods.
  • London is home to over 240 museums, galleries, and other institutions. The first of these to be established was the British Museum and it has 7 million artefacts. Three major national museums are: the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Museums
  • Facts There are more than 32,000 music performances a year in London London has 4 UNESCO world heritage sites Londons 395 public libraries stock 17 million books. The Tate Modern is the worlds most popular modern art gallery.
  • Facts The O2 Arena sold two million tickets in 2008 and hosted 140 events, making it the world's most popular music venue. There are more than 900 bookshops in London London has 105 cinemas and more than 500 cinema screens.
  • Facts London has a population of 7,825,200 London was the first city in the world to have an underground railway, known as the 'Tube'. Its the biggest city in Britain and in Europe. London occupies over 620 square miles
  • http://resources.woodlands- junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions /history.html
  • Stereotypes The most common image people have of a typical Englishman is a man wearing a bowler hat. But there are more stereotypes: Drinking beer (warm); Football fanatics; Bad weather; Not learning a foreign language; Crazy about dogs (especially the bulldog); Royal family; Gardening; Morris dancing.
  • Sports The UK was the main founder of sports like rugby, cricket, golf, tennis, badminton, squash, hockey, boxing, snooker, billiards and curling. England's national sport is cricket although football is their most popular sport. Some of England's football teams are world famous like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
  • Tennis One of the most practiced sports in the world, and one of the major tournaments is in the UK, Wimbledon. It started at a small club in south London in the 19th century. It begins on the nearest Monday to June 22. Millions of people watch the Championships on TV live. It is traditional for visitors to eat strawberries and cream whilst they watch the tennis.
  • Cricket It was first played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, it had developed into the national sport of England. In the 19th century was played the 1st international cricket game.
  • Other Sports
  • Olympic Games 2012 It took place in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. More than 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees participated in 302 events of 26 sports. London was the first city to host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948. It was necessary to build a new stadium, the Olympic Stadium.
  • Those were the best Olympic Games ever in the best city ever. All Made in Britain!
  • Olympic Games 2012 Team GB
  • Economy The economy of the United Kingdom is the sixth-largest national economy in the world. The UK is member since 1973 of the EU and founder of the G8. The Bank of England is the UK's central bank and is responsible for issuing the nation's currency, the pound sterling.
  • British Currency
  • Royal Family
  • Royal Family The British Royal Family members belong, either by birth or marriage, to the House of Windsor since 1917 receiving the title of Her or His Majesty (HM) or Her or His Royal Highness. Members and relatives historically represented the monarch in various places throughout the British Empire. Today, they often perform ceremonial and social duties throughout the UK and abroad on behalf of the UK (State Visits).
  • Royal Wedding The wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton took place on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. The Dean of Westminster, presided at the service; the Archbishop of Canterbury, conducted the marriage; the Bishop of London, preached the sermon; William's best man was his brother and the bride's sister, Pippa, was maid of honour.
  • The ceremony was attended by the bride's and groom's families, as well as many foreign royals, diplomats, and the couple's chosen personal guests. After the ceremony, the couple made the traditional appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
  • HM Queen Elizabeth II Born on 21st April 1926, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is the monarch of the United Kingdom and of another 16 Commonwealth Realms, the head of 54 Commonwealth Nations and shes also the supreme Governor of the Church of England. Her reign of 60 years is the second longest for a British monarch since her accession on 6th February 1952.
  • HM Queen Elizabeth II Daughter of the king George VI, Elizabeth was born in London and she has 4 children with Prince Philip. Her coronation, in 1953, was the first to be televised and was given her the title: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God of the United Kingdom, of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • HM Queen Elizabeth II This year the 60th birthday of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II is being celebrated. A Diamond Jubilee has only ever been celebrated in the UK once before Queen Victoria, who reigned for more than 60 years, celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
  • Commonwealth
  • Buckingham Palace Its the official home and it has been the official London residence of Britain's monarchy since 1837. Its not only the home of the Queen and Prince Philip but also the London residence of the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Palace has 600 rooms, including 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices, a cinema and a swimming pool. It also has its own post office and police station. About 400 people work there, including two people who look after the 300 clocks.
  • Changing of the Guard When the queen is in residence, there are four Foot Guards at the front of the building and when she isnt there are two. The Queens Guard changes in at 11.30 pm and lasts about 45 minutes. The Queens Guards are wearing a full-dress uniform of red tunics and bearskins.
  • Britain is full of culture and traditions which have been around for hundreds of years. British traditions are famous all over the world. There are traditions of sport, music, food and many royal occasions. There are also songs, sayings and superstitions.
  • St Davids Day 1st March St Patricks Day 17th March April Fools Day 1st April St Georges Day 23rd April Bonfire Night 5th November Remembrance Day 11th November St Andrews Day 30th November Boxing Day 26th December Festivals and Special Days
  • Superstitions meet a black cat. touch wood. A horseshoe over the door. Say, on the first day of the month,"white rabbits, white rabbits white rabbits,". Catch falling leaves in Autumn. Cut your hair when the moon is waxing. Putting money in the pocket of new clothes. Good Luck Walk underneath a ladder. Break a mirror Spill salt. Open an umbrella in doors. The number thirteen. Pass someone on the stairs.
  • British Personalities WRITERS William Shakespeare Arthur Conan Doyle J. K. Rowling Thomas Hardy Charles Dickens ACTORS/ACTRESSES Julie Andrews Hugh Grant Robert Pattison Emma Watson Ian McKellen Rowan Atkison Russel Brand Daniel Radcliffe
  • British Personalities CLERGY Pope Adrian IV EXPLORERS James Cook Sir Walter Raleigh FILMMAKERS Charlie Chaplin Nick Park SCIENTISTS/INVENTORS Charles Darwin Sir Isaac Newton Alexander Fleming James Watt Stephen Hawking
  • British Personalities SPORTSMEN David Beckham Wayne Rooney Andy Murray ROYALTY Queen Elisabeth II Queen Victoria Henry VIII King Arthur Princess Diana POLITICIANS David Cameron Winston Churchill Oliver Cromwell
  • British Personalities CHEFS Gordon Ramsay Jamie Oliver MODELS Naomi Campbell Kate Winslet TV PERSONALITIES Simon Cowell Kate Beckinsale
  • British food has traditionally been based on beef, lamb, pork, chicken and fish and generally served with potatoes and one other vegetable. The most common and typical foods eaten in Britain include the sandwich, fish and chips, pies and roasts dinners. The staple foods of Britain are meat, fish, potatoes, flour, butter and eggs. Many of our dishes are based on these foods. Food
  • Main British Dishes Yorkshire Pudding Toast-in-the-Hole Roasted meats Shepherds Pie Short Bread
  • Main British Dishes English Breakfast Most people think that a typical English breakfast consists of eggs, bacon, sausages, fried bread, mushrooms and baked beans all washed down with a cup of coffee. However, a typical breakfast is more likely to be a bowl of cereals, a slice of toast, orange juice and a cup of coffee. Many people will eat a bowl of cereal.
  • Main British Dishes Fish and Chips Fish (cod, haddock, plaice) deep fried in flour batter with chips dressed in vinegar. This is England's traditional take- away food. Fish and chips are not normally home cooked but bought at a fish and chip shop ("chippie" ) to eat on premises or as a "take away"
  • Tea AFTERNOON TEA (4 o'clock tea) This is a small meal, not a drink. Traditionally it consists of tea (or coffee) served with freshly baked scones served with cream and jam and sandw...