United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) is arguably Europe’s most influential country. In simple terms, it’s the union of the individual countries of England, Scotland and Wales, collectively called Great Britain (Europe’s largest island) and the northeastern corner of Ireland – the constitutionally distinct region of Northern Ireland. Click on the links or scroll to the bottom for our UK board on pinterest.

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Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy. Its reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is also the Queen and Head of State of (15) other Commonwealth realms, including Australia, Canada, Jamaica and New Zealand.

With deference to the Roman Empire, and 15th and early 16th century Spain, the British Empire was the world’s first superpower, with colonies and dependencies stretching around the globe. It was the significant factor and strongest ingredient in the development of many English speaking countries, including the United States – its closest ally.

Throughout the 19th Century, Great Britain was the world’s dominant industrial and maritime power. It played a huge role in the development of our modern democracies, and in the advancements of literature, manufacturing, science and the performing arts.

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