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After decades of waiting, Great Britain has again a Wimbledon winner. In 2013, t his win was accomplished by Andy Murray - c urrently No.3 in the world. Here are some basic facts about the UK... Where is it situated? Do you know any other important cities? How big is the UK? The UK is among the largest countries in Europe, almost same as Italy. The UK's population is almost 65 million residents. And what about politics and administr ation? The most important facts about its geography The Queen The Government Athletes Celebrities Which currently famous Brito ns do you know? One of the most popular celebrities is David Beckham, former Manchester United and Real Madrid football player . In 2013, he was the highest paid foot ball player in the world. Great Britain is located in the north-west of Europe. The UK consists of 4 countries - England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. William Shakespeare The Battle of Waterloo The Great Fire of London Queen Elizabeth II The Union Jack is the official British national anthem. Its title and lyrics are adapted to the current monarch. If it's a king, they change to "God Save the King" Tower Bridge, built in the late 19th century, is London's best known bridge over the River Thames. It's located very close to the Tower of London, the famous prison and home of the Crown Jewels of England. Westminster Abbey is one of the oldest religious buildings in London. Since the 10th century, it's been a traditional place of coronation of British and English monarchs. The United Kingdom has many famous singers, for example Sir Elton John, known for his friendship with princess Diana, or Phil Collins. One of the most famous singers is Paul McCartney, one of two still living former members of the Beatles, a legendary pop music band of the 1960s. W in st on C h u rc h ill Most of the England (the southern part of Great Britain) consists of lowlands. Although mountainous terrain covers almost the whole of Scotland, the highest peak in the UK is only 1344 metres high. There are three main rivers. The Thames, which crosses London, the Severn and the Humber.. was probably the most popular member of the Royal family. She was the wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, son of Queen Elizabeth II. She died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. She was widely known for her great engagement in charity campaigns around the world. The Laphroaig Distillery is one the most famous producers of scotch whisky, situated on the island Islay. It is the centre of whisky tourism and lies near the west coast of Scotland. The All England Club is a place in London, where the oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon, is held every year. It's definitely worthwhile to visit because it's probably the most prestigious tennis event on the planet. was a prominent member of the British Parliament and the Prime Minister of the UK during the Second World War. He was a symbol of the British peoples struggle and the final victory against Nazi Germany. was a tragic moment in the history London, which occurred in 1666. It destroyed more than 13 000 houses, almost a hundred churches and even the St. Paul's Cathedral. Princess (Lady) Diana is the 90 year-old current British monarch, mother of Charles, Prince of Wales. Her coronation was in 1953 and soon, in September this year, she will be the head of the United Kingdom for the longest period in the history of the UK. In British history, there are some special events and peop le. Lets look back at history... in this battle, which was fought in 1815, the United Kingdom along with a coalition of other countries beat the French army and finally ended the Napoleonic Wars. It lies on the British Isles - separated from the European mainland. It's surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea and the English Channel, which is between Southern England and Northern France. The capital city of the United Kingdom is London, one of the most populous cities in Europe, with a population of about 8,5 million residents. What is the capital city? It's also the official residence of the British Queen, Elizabeth II. London is located in the south-east of England and stands on the river Thames. Other populous cities are Birmingham and Leeds. The 4th most populous city is Glasgow, the largest city of Scotland. Liverpool and Manchester are still quite big cities with almost half a million residents, but the capital cities of Wales (Cardiff), Scotland (Edinburgh) and Northern Ireland (Belfast) are also very important. is the British national flag, consisting of the red cross of St. George (the patron saint of England), the Cross of St. Patrick (the patron saint of Ireland) and the white cross of St. Andrew (the patron saint of Scotland). "God Save the Queen" Parliament The UK is a constitutional monarchy. The Queen (currently Elizabeth II) is the head of the UK and the other 15 independent Commonwealth countries and resides in Buckingham Palace in London. According to tradition, on som e occasions she's called Her Majesty. Her Majesty's Government (cabinet) has executive power, so it controls the daily administration of the country. The head of the government is the Prime Minister (currently Theresa May), who is answerable to both the Lower and Upper Houses of Parliament. British Parliament meets in the Palace of Westminster and consists of a Lower House - The House of Commons - and a Upper House - The House of Lords. It's the most powerful legislative body in the UK, so it has the political power to make laws or change the existing ones. The public elects 650 Members of Parliament (members of the House of Commons) every 5 years. The House of Lords has 783 members who are not elected by public but appointed. As the British Isles are naturally separated from the European continent, it's connected with France by the Channel Tunnel, which crosses the English Channel between southern England and northern France. Administrative system It also has 14 Overseas Territories. Prince Will

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