35 Interesting Facts About The United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom is a unique European country with a long history of global scale achievements and a culture that has managed to blend well with our modern life. Today we have compiled a few interesting facts about the great kingdom to help you know more about United Kingdom. I hope you enjoy!

  1. The Queen owns every swan in the Kingdom. It is also illegal to kill a swan in the Kingdom.
  2. There are more chicken in Great Britain than people.
  3. It is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day.
  4. Britain holds the record for world’s shortest war in history. Between 38 and 40 minutes with Zanzibar in 27 August 1896.
  5. Wales has a town named “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”. It is the longest name of a town in the world. Its shortened version is “Llanfair”.
  6. It is considered treason to paste a stamp upside down.
  7. England is home to largest Ferris wheel in Europe, The London Eye.
  8. The typical food in the United Kingdom is roast beef and Yorkshire beef, however, the Brits have voted the Chicken Takka as their national dish, which is actually of Indian recipe.
  9. Sausages are so popular in UK, they used to be called “Bags of Mystery” when they were first introduced by the Romans.
  10. The Queen sends personalised birthday cards to people in Great Britain who turn 100 years old.
  11. It takes two minutes to fly from Westray to Papa Westray. The scheduled flights between the tiny islands are the shortest in the world.
  12. The law prohibits anyone from dying in the houses of parliament.
  13. When a Danish warrior’s skull was discovered by Anglo-Saxon farmers, they started kicking it around, partly out of anger, partly out of amusement. This created a game called “Kick Dane’s Head”. This eventually became football.
  14. In the 16th century, husbands were prohibited from beating their wives after 9p.m because the noise produced disturbed the sleep of those in the vicinity.
  15. A British man was wrongfully accused of killing his wife and daughter. He was eventually executed in 1950, this compelled legislators to outlaw the death penalty.
  16. Windsor Castle is the world’s oldest royal residence. It came into existence in 1080.
  17. Stamps originated from the UK. The first stamp, the Penny Black was issued in 1840.
  18. Britain doesn’t have a written constitution.
  19. There are more Indian restaurants in London than in any urban cities in India itself.
  20. English is the most spoken language in the world today.
  21. The Kingdom is known for having great female leaders in the world. Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to be elected as the Prime Minister of UK, she became the longest serving Prime Minister in the Kingdom.
  22. Stonehenge, a popular tourist attraction in Wiltshire, is older than the pyramids.
  23. Prince Charles is the heir to the British throne. He has held this position for over six decades.
  24. The law permits children over five years to drink alcohol as long as they are on private property.
  25. The London’s Shard building was completed in 2012 and became the tallest object in Europe, standing at a height of 350 metres (1, 107 feet).
  26. Britain has the second largest library in the world, with over 150 million items.
  27. Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1953 while still in Kenya, later in 2015 she became the longest reigning Queen in the world.
  28. The flag of UK is called, the Union Flag or the Union Jack. The flag consists of the flags of England, Scotland and Ireland.
  29. The dragon on the Welsh flag is the symbol of the King of Gwynedd. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Gwynedd Kingdom became the dominant empire in Britain.
  30. French was the official language in England for more than 300 years. This is when William the Conqueror of Norman invaded England in 1066 and brought the French language to the country.
  31. The famous English author, William Shakespeare, added around 3000 words in the English language.
  32. London is the largest and the most expensive city to live in the UK.
  33. The Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in UK. In 2017 there was a record of 78 million passengers at this particular airport.
  34. The British author of Harry Potter series of books, J.K Rowling was the first female author to ever become a billionaire through her work.
  35. In 1977, East Sussex declared its independence from the UK and required all foreigners to get a visa when entering the village.

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Silvaro D'Silvas

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