England, Great Britain, the UK, What Does It All Mean!?
Every Colour Represents The United Kingdom
History Of The Union Jack
Don't worry, It can be very confusing even for the average Brit! The names currently used are "The United Kingdom, Great Britain and the UK). Confused!? Read on..
The United Kingdom is a union of four constituent countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
England! Great Britain! United Kingdom, the (UK) consist of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The Isle of Wight located off the South Coast of Britain. (See green arrow right) is also part off this country.
Northern Ireland is a constituent country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of Ireland. It shares a border with the Republic of Ireland.
Scotland is a country which occupies the northern third of Great Britain. It is part of the United Kingdom and shares a land border to the south with England. Until the 1 May 1707 The Kingdom of Scotland was an independent state until it joined in the political union with the Kingdom of England to create a united Kingdom of Great Britain.
Wales is a country which is part of the United Kingdom, bordering with England on its east.
Republic of Ireland is bordered by Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. This country which was first partitioned on May 3, 1921.
Flag Of England. St George's Cross.
The Flag Of England is the St George's Cross.The red cross appeared during the Middle Ages and the Crusades. It is the earliest known emblems representing England. It achieved status as the national flag of England during the 16th century...The flag of United Kingdom which represents Great Britain and Northern Ireland is The Union Flag, commonly known as the Union Jack.
Language: English (Info)
Capitol: London City (Info & pic)
Patron saint: Saint George (Info & pic)
National Anthem: God Save the Queen (Video)
Floral emblem: the Rose (Pic)
Currency: Pound Sterling
Flag of Scotland. Saint Andrew's Cross or the Saltire.
The Flag of Scotland is a white saltire, a crux decussate X-shaped cross representing the cross of the Christian martyr Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, on a blue field. It is named the Saltire or the Saint Andrew's Cross. In heraldic la
Language: Scottish (Info)
Capitol: Edinburgh (Info & pic)
Patron saint: St. Andrew (Info & pic)
National Anthem: Unofficial-'Flower of Scotland'- Scotland the Brave (Video)
Floral emblem: the Thistle and Scottish Bluebell (Info & pic)
Currency: Scottish pound-Scottish notes (Info & pic)
For years the Scottish people decided they wanted their own democracy and independence by leaving the United Kingdom and in 2014, they voted to leave the UK in the referendum on September 18th. The voting statistics were 44.7% for independence and 55.3% voted against It which would have made many changes to the rest of the UK if they won. Would it have been a positive thing for the Scots and more importantly, for the Brits.? Now we'll never know. Personally, being a Brit, I'm very happy with the result.
Flag of the Republic of Ireland. Irish tricolour
The green represents Irish Catholics, while the orange represents Irish Protestants; the white in the centre represents the peace between the two groups.
Language: Irish. (Info)
Capitol: Dublin. (Info & pic)
Patron saint: Saint Patrick. (Info & pic)
National Anthem - The Soldier's Song. (Video)
Floral emblem: the Shamrock, similar to a 3 leaf clover (Info & pic)
Currency: Irish Pound or punt, Irish- Eireannach (Info & pic)
The national flag of Wales is The Red Dragon (Welsh: Y Ddraig Goch)
The red dragon itself has been associated with Wales for centuries and was granted official status in 1959. It consists of a red dragon, passant, on a green and white field.The Welsh Flag is the only flag of the constituent countries of the UK not to be used in
Language: Welsh. (Info)
Capitol: Cardiff. (Info & pic)
Patron saint: Saint David. (Info & pic)
National Anthem: is 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' or 'The Land of my Fathers' (Video)
Floral emblem: the Daffodil. (Info & pic)
Currency: The Welsh Pound.
The Isle of Wight Flag
Isle of Wight
I.O.W Is part of Britain-GB./UK.The flag is taken from the Isle of Wight Arms in 1928.The castle featured represents the seat of historical Governors at Carisbrooke Castle, The blue field & 3 gold anchors represent the Islands maritime history and status.
Language: English (Info)
Capitol: Newport (Info & pic)
Patron saint: Saint David (Info & pic)
National Anthem: God Save the Queen. (Video)
Currency: Pound Sterling (Info & pic)
What does it mean to be British?
To be British, It does not matter what colour your skin is. Your religious belief, nor what country you're from. It means you're proud to live, and be part of the UK society. Proud of what the UK stands for and everything the UK's about.
If you live abroad and want to become a British Citizen, You can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation if you're 18 or over and you don't have a serious criminal record. You have to make the UK your permanent residency and your English must be good. Finally, you have to meet the residency requirement which can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/becoming-a-british-citizen/check-if-you-can-apply
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