The United Kingdom is officially called “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” and unites England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is the “leftover” of the British Empire, which at the end of the 19th century covered about a quarter of the whole world! Many of the former colonies are still part of the “Commonwealth of Nations”, which officially has the Queen of England as head, which is completely symbolic, though.
The national language is English, but in some parts of Wales you will still find their own language, Welsh (or Cymraeg). The UK has a temperate climate with lots of rain throughout the year, with mild winters due to the exposure to the warm gulf stream.
The British cuisine is hearty, often incorporating meat and root vegetables or potatoes, with only few dishes seeing international recognition, though. Due to the British colonization and subsequent immigration, the East Indian cuisine has had a big influence, resulting in some Anglo-Indian dishes, such as Chicken Tikka Masala.
Please visit the various blogs who link their posts with crafts, recipes and more about the United Kingdom.
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