Interesting Facts about the United Kingdom Part 1
- The word “Britain” is derived from the name of a Celtic tribe, the Brythons.
- The word “England” comes from “Angle-land,” or land of the Angli, or Angles, a Viking tribe that came across the North Sea and settled in the east and north. The French name for England, Angleterre, also literally means “Land of the Angles.”
- At its zenith in the 18th century, the British Empire stretched 20% of the world’s surface and contained a quarter of the world’s population.
- For the British, the position of monarch probably ranks as one of history’s least safe occupations. English kings have been killed in battle (Harold), beheaded (Charles I), assassinated (William II), murdered by a wicked uncle (Edward V), and knocked off by the queen and her lover (Edward II).
- Nowhere in England is more than 75 miles (121 km) from the sea.
- London is one of only two cities above the 50th parallel with a population of more than five million. Moscow is the other.
- Among European countries, only Ireland and Finland have a higher rate of heart attacks than Britain.
Windsor Castle was built by William the Conqueror in A.D. 1080 and is the oldest continually inhabited royal residence in Britain
- Windsor Castle is the largest royal home in the world. It is also the oldest continually inhabited royal residence in Britain, having been built by William the Conqueror around A.D. 1080.
- The United Kingdom recently named chicken tikka masala as its national dish, which is a spicy curry created in Britain and is unheard of in India itself.
- According to the Soil Association, a leading organic-food campaign, more than 85% of the people in Britain want pesticide-free food.