United Kingdom

What would you like the youth of America to know?

Although unable to reply to you personally, The Queen much appreciated your kind thought for her at this time and I am to thank you once again for writing as you did.

What they sent me:
I'm not going to lie, getting a letter from Buckingham Palace was pretty exciting. Even though the Queen didn't answer me, I loved the letter and the handwritten greeting and closing from her real-life Lady-in-Waiting.

"The Queen wishes me to write you and thank you for your letter... Her Majesty was interested to learn about your ambition to visit every nation in the world." Love!


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This summer, I did get my first tour of Kensington Palace and although I waited and waited, Prince Harry never came out to make me his princess. Oh well. At least I got some great photos... (All photos on this page were taken by me or my mom. The photo at the top of the page is a panorama from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.)

The United Kingdom is an island country off the north-west coast of Europe that comprises 94,251 square miles and is very densely populated. Just smaller than my home state of Michigan, it has 64 million people, the equivalent of Detroit plus NYC, LA, and Chicago and their entire metro areas combined.

The entire country is called The United Kingdom or Great Britain, and within are the sovereign states of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. (A Scot will tell you he is "British" but not "English," similarly someone from England is also "British" but not "Scottish" or "Welsh."--They're actually pretty prickly about it.)

Queen Elizabeth is the queen of the United Kingdom, but also the queen of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and the 12 countries that have become independent since her ascension: Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Fun Fact: The American song "My Country 'Tis of Thee" is really "God Save The Queen" with different lyrics.

As with France and the United States, the United Kingdom still has quite a few far-flung territories. Here is a map of all of them. (Thank you to Wikimedia's RomanLier for the map below.)


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Official Name
United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland

Government
Constitutional Monarchy and Commonwealth Realm

Current Leader
Queen Elizabeth II



• Elizabeth is the UK's longest reigning monarch and the world's longest reigning queen

• Elizabeth has reigned through 12 US presidents

Recommended sites
British Monarchy Website
www.royal.gov.uk

UK Parliament Website
www.parliament.uk

Visit Britain
www.visitbritain.com

Visit Scotland
www.visitscotland.com