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England, Great Britain, the UK, What Does It All Mean!?
England, Great Britain, the UK, What Does It All Mean!?
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 is a union of four constituent countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The 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) is also part of this country.
The name 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
Every Colour Represents The United Kingdom
Table of contents
- Flag Of England~: St Georges Cross.
- Video: History Of The Union Jack.
- Flag of Scotland.
- Flag of the Republic of Ireland.
- The national flag of Wales.
- The Isle of Wight Flag.
- The Isle of Wight.
The variations of accents.
- Video: An example of accent variations.
- How Can I Become a British Citizen?
Flag Of England. St George's Cross
Video: History Of The Union Jack
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. Capital: London City. Patron saint: Saint George. National Anthem: God Save the Queen. Floral emblem: the Rose. 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. 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 May 1, 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.
Language: Scottish Gaelic . Capital: Edinburgh. Patron saint: St. Andrew. National Anthem: Unofficial: Flower of Scotland - Scotland the Brave. Floral emblem: the Thistle and Scottish Bluebell. 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. 2017. Scotland is always campaigning to leave the UK, and become independent again.
Flag of the Republic of Ireland. Irish tricolour
The flag of Ireland. The green The green represents Irish Catholics, while the orange represents Irish Protestants. The white in the centre represents the peace between the two groups.
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. Capital: Dublin. Patron saint: Saint Patrick. National Anthem: The Soldier's Song. Floral emblem: the Shamrock, similar to a 3 leaf clover. Currency: Irish Pound or punt, Irish - Eireannach.
On May 3, 1921, Northern Ireland and Ireland separated after the people living there went to war against their British rulers. The IRA and other groups used bombings to end British rule of Northern Ireland and join the Republic of Ireland to the south. The south was now called the Republic of Ireland. They still share an open border.
The national 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.
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: is 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' or 'The Land of my Fathers'. Floral emblem: the Daffodil. Currency: The Welsh Pound.
The Isle of Wight Flag
The Isle of Wight
The Isle Of White flag - 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. Capitol: Newport. Patron saint: Saint David. National Anthem: God Save the Queen. Currency: Pound Sterling.
The variations of accents
The variations of accents throughout the countries, cities and towns can be the equivalent of listening to another language. Every location of The United Kingdom have very different accents, dialects, colloquialisms and slang. Even I as a Londoner find it hard to fully understand, and vice verse. An example of the variations of the Irish accent is explained perfectly in the video below.
Video: An example of accent variations - Irish
How Can I Become a British Citizen?
You can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation if you're 18 aged or over and you don't have a serious criminal record and you want to make the UK your permanent residency, you're 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. In 2016. The United Kingdom decided (voted) to leave the European Union which may additional problems for new citizens wanting to come to the UK.
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