ukqueen  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

   

      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.

Despite the (global) decline of the British Empire, the United Kingdom

 remains a consequential force; it’s the fifth largest economy in the

world, second largest in Europe, and a respected (major) military power.

The genesis of the United Kingdom began in early England. It took centuries of invasions and wars, heroes and villains, kings

and queens, and swallowed pride by all concerned before its many parts united as one.

(Europe’s largest island) and the northeastern corner of Ireland – the

 constitutionally distinct region of Northern Ireland.

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