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The term Great Britain dates from the union in 1707 of England and Scotland.
Textile and engineering firms from the north of England and the Midlands sent agents to India and Pakistan to recruit workers.
The Church of England is the official church of state in the UK. The monarch is head of the Church of England.
King Alfred the Great united the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and defeated the Vikings.
MPs hold regular ‘surgeries’, where constituents can go in person to talk about issues that are of concern to them.
Britain fought a number of wars with France during the Middle Ages and later.
The Bill of Rights of 1689 limited the powers of the king and increased the powers of Parliament.
The Scottish Grand National at Ayr, and Royal Ascot, a five-day meeting in Berkshire, are two important dates in the horse-racing calendar.
In the 19th century the UK produced more than half of the world’s supplies of iron, coal and cotton cloth.
The age limit for jury service is 70. Anyone who is on the electoral register and is aged 18 to 70 can be asked to do jury service.
There are some differences between the systems of courts in different parts of the UK.
Queen Elizabeth II has reigned since her father’s death in 1952, and in 2012 she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee (60 years as queen).
At the end of the Civil War, England became a republic and Oliver Cromwell was made Lord Protector.
After the 2010 General Election a coalition government was formed. The two parties in the coalition are the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
The Domesday Book is a record of the towns and villages in England. The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of the Norman Conquest.
Some cricket games can last for up to five days and still result in a draw.
The Romans left England in AD 410 to defend other parts of their Empire. They had occupied England for 400 years.
The Chartists campaigned for reform of the voting system. The changes they wanted included annual elections and for all regions to be equal in the electoral system.
The capital cities of the nations of the UK are: London (England), Cardiff (Wales), Edinburgh (Scotland) and Belfast (Northern Ireland).
An Ulster fry is a traditional food of Northern Ireland. It is a fried meal with bacon, eggs, sausage, black pudding, white pudding, tomatoes, mushrooms, soda bread and potato bread.
Most citizens of the UK, the Irish Republic and the Commonwealth can stand for public office. There are some exceptions, including members of the armed forces.
Shopping locally for products will reduce your carbon footprint, because the products you buy will not have had to travel as far.
The BBC is financed by funds raised from TV licences. Everyone in the UK with a television, computer or other medium which can be used for watching TV must have a television licence.
The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 provided the basis for the establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
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