England, Great Britain, the UK, What Does It All Mean!?
The Union Jack
Don't worry, It can be very confusing even for the average Brit!
The names currently used are England, Great Britain and The United Kingdom, (UK). Confused!?
The United Kingdom, (UK) is a union of four constituent countries - England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The Isle of Wight located off the South Coast of Britain (See green arrow) is also part of this country.
England is a country, and part of the United Kingdom. (UK).
Great Britain is the name of the largest island in the British Isles consisting of England, Scotland, and Wales. Northern Ireland is not part of Great Britain.
Latest update: British voters voted to leave the European Union (EU) following a referendum on June 23, 2016. commonly referred to as Brexit.
The Variations Of Accents
The variations of accents throughout the countries, cities and towns is the equivalent of listening to another language. Every place of The United Kingdom have very different accents, dialects, colloquialisms and slang. Even I as a Londoner find it hard to fully understand. An example of the variations of the "Irish" accent is explained perfectly in the Ireland video below.
Every Colour Represents The United Kingdom
Flag Of England. St George's Cross. The flag of The United Kingdom is The Union Jack
The Flag Of England is the St George's Cross.The red cross appeared during the middle ages and the crusades.
England has its own Prime Minister.
Language, English. Capital, London City. Patron saint, Saint George. National Anthem, God Save the Queen. Floral emblem, the Rose. Currency, Pound Sterling.
St George's day, the Feast of Saint George, who was a Roman army soldier of Greek origin. This day is celebrated by various Christian Churches and nations. Saint George's day is celebrated on April 23.
England and the English - the Queen, football, cups of tea. Gin. Fish n Chips. Queuing patiently. A stiff-upper-lip, meaning to hide true feelings when upset, or in dire situations. Talking about the weather and always apologising... sorry!.
Famous people born in England. William Shakespeare, John Lennon and Sir Isaac.
Video: One Woman, 17 British Accents
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. Scotland is a country which occupies the northern third of Great Britain.
Scotland has it's own Prime Minister.
Language, Scottish Gaelic, Capital, Edinburgh. Patron saint, St. Andrew. National Anthem, Scotland the Brave. Emblem of Scotland, the Thistle. Currency: Scottish pound-Scottish notes.
Saint Andrews Day: Andrew the Apostle Andrew the Apostle. He was a Christian Apostle and patron saint of Scotland, UK, and other nations. Saint Andrew's day is celebrated on November 30.
Scotland and the Scots - a beautiful landscape country. Bad weather. The Loch Ness monster. Tough, yet friendly people. Kilt wearers - knee-length skirt-like garment and traditional dress of Gaelic men and boys in the Scottish Highlands. Playing the bagpipes - a wind instrument, and of course, eating haggis.
Famous people born in Scotland. Alexander Graham Bell, J.K Rowling, and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Video: Scotland. The True Story
Flag of the Republic of Ireland. Irish tricolour
The flag of Ireland. The green represents Irish Catholics, while the orange represents Irish Protestants. The white in the centre represents the peace between the two groups who split after the people living there went to war against their British rulers.
Republic of Ireland has it's own Prime Minister.
The 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. Northern Ireland is a constituent country within the United Kingdom, lying in the North East of Ireland. It shares a border with the Republic of Ireland.
Language, Irish, and Irish Gaelic. Capita, Dublin. Patron saint, Saint Patrick. National Anthem, The Soldier's Song. Floral emblem, Shamrock. An emblem with a 3 leaf clover symbol imprinted on it. Currency, Irish Pound or punt, Irish - Eireannach.
Saint Patrick Day is a cultural and religious celebration held in memory of Saint Patrick, a 5th-century Christian missionary and bishop from Ireland. St. Patrick's day is celebrated on March 17.
Ireland and the Irish - the four leaf clover. Guinness, the Irish jig (a traditional dance). Labourers/builders. The IRA and the troubles they've had over the years. Their love of traditional country music.
Famous people born in Ireland. Oscar Wilde, Pierce Brosnan, and Bram Stoker.
Video: An example of accent variations - Irish
Flag of Wales is The Red Dragon (Welsh: Y Ddraig Goch)
The Welsh flag. 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 Wales Prime Minister is England's Prime Minister.
Wales is a country which is part of the United Kingdom, bordering with England on its east.
Language, Welsh. Capital, Cardiff. Patron saint, Saint David. National Anthem, 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' or 'The Land of my Fathers'. Floral emblem, the Daffodil. Currency, The Welsh Pound and sterling.
Saint David's Day is the feast day of Saint David is to celebrate the life of the Welsh bishop, and the patron saint of Wales. St. David's day is celebrated on March 1.
Wales and the Welsh - the valleys - green-green-grass of home. Friendly and happy people. People who love to sing, like Katherine Jenkins, and Tom Jones. Sheep, rugby and their complicated long words such as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a small village on the island of Anglesey. Plus, Brecon Beacons, the mountain range in South Wales is the perfect destination for stargazing in the world.
Famous people born in Wales. Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins and Tom Jones.
Video: Wales Facts
The Isle of Wight Flag
The Isle of Wight Information
The Isle Of (I.O.W) White flag 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.
The Isle Of White has a Council Leader. (a unitary authority)
Language, English. Capitol, Newport. Patron saint, Saint David. National Anthem, God Save the Queen. Currency, Pound Sterling.
Isle Of White - Stunning views. Filling glass containers with the coloured sands from Alum Bay's multi-coloured sand cliffs. The amusement park.The I.O.W land is so small, the longest car journey would take under an hour.
Famous people born on the Isle of Wight. Bear Grills, Phill Jupitus, and Jeremy Irons.
There was a time not so long ago when the whole of the United Kingdom could all fit (stand) on the Isle Of White, but the population has since grown and its not possible.
Video: The Isle of Wight
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