What Comprises the United Kingdom? The United Kingdom encompasses the entire island of Great Britain. It contains England, Scotland, Wales, and the northeastern part of the island of Ireland.
UK HISTORY: A beginner's guide to the ancient and modern history of the United Kingdom. On the world map, the UK sits to the northwest of mainland Europe.
The whole of the United Kingdom is often referred to as Britain, or Great Britain. London is the capital city and home of the Queen.
The political union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland became a unified sovereign state in 1707. A united kingdom which is now called Great Britain.
To quote a famous historian Simon Schama; "What began as a hostile merger would end in a full partnership in the most powerful going concern in the world. It was one of the most astonishing transformations in European history."
A further Act of Union occurred in 1800. It saw the Kingdom of Ireland added to the union to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
DORA WW1: The Defence of the Realm Act 1914 became law in Britain on August the 8th 1914. It was only four days after the United Kingdom entered into the First World War. The purpose of introducing the rules of DORA World War 1 was to afford the government a wide range of powers during the war period.
HOW TO WEAR POPPIES: Why do we use poppies to remember the war? In fact, it was the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields" which inspires the poppy wearing etiquette in England. The wartime poem refers to the first flowers which grew out of the earth of soldiers' graves.
WEIRD LAWS IN UK: Mark Twain once wrote: truth is stranger than fiction. Nowhere is it more so than in some of the weirdest laws in the United Kingdom. Some of these 'strange but true' laws defy credence and logic. But the list of strange British laws is certain to entertain the minds of many.
History of the United Kingdom