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Pictures & images of the United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain. Photos of historic sites of the United Kingdom including Churches, monasteries and archaeological sites. The terms United Kingdom and Great Britain and of great confusion to those who live within the political entity. Is is very confusing to be English, British and come from the United Kingdom.

The British Isles are a group of islands off the north west coast of continental Europe. In these Islands are the countries of Ireland, Northern Island, Wales, Scotland and England as well as the self-governing British Crown dependency of the Isle of Man. Great Britain is the largest Island of the British Isles to the south west of which is England, to the north of which is Scotland and in the west centre of which is Wales. Great Britain is the largest island in Europe and the ninth largest in the world.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island is a sovereign state ruled by a monarch. It comprises the countries of Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Island. The first Acts of Union was passed in 1536 which saw Wales being annexed by England. In 1707 when the Scottish King James VI also became James I of England, England Wales and Scotland became the unified Kingdom of Britain. In 1801 The Kingdom of Ireland was merged to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1916 southern Ireland became independent leaving Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom. The United kingdom has always been famous as a maritime kingdom and with 7,723 miles of coastline it is hardly surprising. Great Britain has one of the richest histories of Europe with some of the best Neolithic sites in Europe. The history of the United Kingdom has always been tied closely to France. In 1066 the Duke of Normandy conquered England stating a long line of English Kings that were also vassals of the King of France. The Scottish Kings allied themselves with the French against the English and until a Scottish King ascended to the throne of England as well, there was constant friction between the three countries. Today the United Kingdom has the sixth largest economy in the world and has been at the centre of world politics for 300 years. Download pictures & images of the United Kingdom or buy as photo art prints on line

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