More UK facts
- The full, official name of the Tower of London is “Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of London.” It is home to the Queen of England’s jewels. Among the 25,578 gems is the 530-carat Cullinan diamond at the top of the Royal Sceptre, the largest part of what was (until 1985) the largest diamond ever found.
- It is illegal to import haggis from the UK into the U.S., as the American government has declared that sheep lungs are unfit for human consumption.
- The 1.5-mile journey from Westray to Papa Westray in the UK’s Orkney Islands is the shortest scheduled flight in the world. The trip takes less than two minutes.
- Britain’s most remote pub is the Old Forge on Inverie, Scotland. It is 107 miles (172 km) from the nearest city, Inverness, and has no road access.
- Champagne was invented in England by scientist Christopher Merret in 1662.
- An estimated 2 billion people around the world viewed the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011.
- James Bond’s code “007” was inspired by the author Ian Fleming’s bus route from Canterbury to London.
- The Ghost Research Foundation has determined that with 500 recorded cases of ghostly encounters, York is the most haunted city in England and one of the most haunted in the world.
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