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Great Britain or United Kingdom, officially United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a parliamentary monarchy in northwestern Europe. The United Kingdom is made up of four coun-tries: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Their capitals are London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast re-spectively. The United Kingdom’s flag is the Union Jack. It’s red, white and blue. Each country also has a national ’’emblem’’ or sign. The English emblem is a red rose. The Welsh emblem is a vegetable or flower. The Scottish emblem is a wild plant - a thistle. And the Irish emblem is another wild plant - a shamrock. It’s traditional in Britain to wear your country’s emblem on its saint’s day. The leek doesn’t go in a buttonhole, so the Welsh often wear a daffodil. These are Britain’s pa-tron saints and their days. The Scots, Welsh and English don’t really celebrate their national saint’s days. But St. Patrick’s Day is important for Irish people all over the world. In New York, for example, the Irish people always have a big St. Patrick’s Day parade. Great Britain con-sists of England, Scotland and Wales and does not include Northern Ireland. But in everyday speech ‘Great Britain’ is used to mean the United Kingdom. The capital of the UK is London.

London is one of the oldest and most interesting cities in the world. Traditionally it is divided into several parts: the City, Westmin-ster, the West End and the East End. They are very different from each other and seem to belong to different towns and epochs.

The Tower of London is associate with many important events in the British history. The Tower of London was founded by Julius Caesar and in 1066 rebuilt by William the Conqueror. It was used as a fortress, a royal palace and a prison. Now it is a museum.

Westminster Abbey- more correctly, the Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster- is the most famous church in the English-speaking world and one of the world’s great religious temples. Its stones and monuments tell a story of English history over more than nine centuries. It houses the shrine of the only English king to be rec-ognised as a saint. Since 1066 it has been a Coronation church.

Across the road from Westminster Abbey is Westminster Pal-ace, or the Houses of Parliament, the seat of the British Parliament. The Clock Tower of the Houses of Parliament is famous for its big hour bell, known as ’’Big Ben’’.

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of Her Majesty. The Queen and as such is one of the best known and most po-tent symbols of the British monarchy.

Buckingham House- the building now completely enveloped by Buckingham Palace- was built for John, first Duke of Buckingham, be-tween 1702 and 1705. It was sold to the Crown in 1762 his illegitimate son, Sir Charles Sheffield, for the sum of 28000 pounds. Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official London residence.

St. Paul’s Cathedral is Christopher Wren’s masterpiece. It was built since 1675 until 1709. It is crowned with a huge dome. Inside the dome there is a famous Whispering Gallery. There are many memori-als in the Cathedral, including memorials to Wellington and Nelson.

London is noted for its museums and art galleries. Among them are the National Gallery, the Museum of London, the Museum of Mowing Image, Madame Tussau’s Museum and many others.

Britain has been many centuries in the making. The Romans conquered most part of Britain, but were unable to subdue the inde-pendent tribes in the West and the North. England waged numerous co-lonial wars and was the empire for many centuries. England was the first country were capitalism was established.

The UK is a highly developed industrial country. It is known as one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of machinery, elec-tronics, textile, aircraft and navigation equipment. One of the chief in-dustries of the country is shipbuilding. The country is a world leader in international trade. In January 1973, Great Britain became a member of the European Community(now called the European Union). A primary question facing in the middle of 1990s is the terms on which it will par-ticipate in the on-going financial and economic integration of Europe.

Great Britain is country with old cultural traditions and cus-toms. The Queen is the only person in Britain with two birthdays. Her real birthday is on April 21st, but she has an ’’official’’ birthday, too. That’s on the second Saturday in June. And on the Queen’s official birthday, there is a traditional ceremony called the Trooping of the Colour. It’s a big parade with brass bands and hundreds of soldier at House Guard’s Parade in London.

The most famous educational centers are Oxford and Cam-bridge Universities. They are considered to be the intellectual centers of Europe. The education is not free, it is very expensive. Cambridge is situated at a distance of 70 miles from London. It is one of the most beautiful towns in England. The dominating factor in Cambridge is its well-known University, a centre of education and learning. A college is a place where you live no matter what profession you are trained for: so students studying literature and those trained for physics may belong to one and the same college. Every college is headed by a dean. Oxford is one of the great English universities too. Cambridge and Oxford are almost identical. They trace their long history back to the same period. By the end of the thirteenth century both universities already had col-leges.

Every country and every nation has its own traditions and cus-toms. You cannot speak about England without speaking about its tra-ditions and customs. Englishmen are proud of their traditions and care-fully keep them up.

The English are stay-at-home people. «There is no place like home», they say. When they don’t work they like to spend their days off at home with their families.

They say that English people keep to their traditions even in meals. Porridge is the dish Englishmen are very fond of. Мany of them eat porridge with milk for breakfast. As for the Scotch they never put sugar in their porridge, they always put salt in it.

The English are tea-drinkers. They have it many times a day. Some people have tea for breakfast, tea in lunch time. Tea after dinner, tea at tea-time and tea with supper.

Pubs are an important part of British Life. People talk, eat, drink, meet their friends and relax there. The word ‘’pub’’ is short for ‘’public house’’. There are thousands in Britain. An important custom in pubs is ‘’buying a round’’. In a group, one person buys all the others a drink. This is a ‘’round’’. Then one by one all the other people buy rounds, too.

Pub names often have a long traditions. Some come from the thirteenth or fourteenth century. Every pub has a name and every pub has a sign above it is door. The sign shows a picture of the pubs name.

Many British costumes and uniforms have a long history. One is the uniform of the Beefeaters at the Tower of London. This came first from France. Another is the uniform of the Horse Guards at Horse Guards’ Parade, not far from Buckingham Palace. Thousands of visi-tors take photographs of the Horse Guards, but the Guards never move or smile. In fact some visitors think the Guards are not real.


Великобритания или Соединенное Королевство парламент-ская монархия в северо-западной Европе. Соединенное Королев-ство Великобритании и Северной Ирландии расположено на Бри-танских Островах. Британские Острова состоят из двух больших островов, Великобритании и Ирландии, и приблизительно пяти тысяч маленьких островов. Их общая область - более чем 244000 квадратных километров.

Великобритания состоит из четырех стран: Англии, Уэльса, Шотландии и Северной Ирландии. Их столицы - Лондон, Эдин-бург, Кардифф и Белфаст соответственно. Их общий флаг называ-ется Union Jack. Каждая страна также имеет свою национальную эмблему. Английская эмблема это красная роза. Эмблема Уэльса- овощ или цветок. Шотландская эмблема - дикое растение - черто-полох. И Ирландская эмблема - другое дикое растение- клевер. Это традиция в Англии чтобы у страны был свой святой. Лук-порей не носят в петлице, поэтому часто вместо него носят блед-но-желтый нарцисс. В Великобритании есть святые и в каждой стране празднуются дни святых. Шотландцы, жители Уэльса и

Англичане по настоящему не празднуют свои националь-ные дни святых. Но День Святого Патрика очень важен для Ир-ландцев во всем мире. В Нью-Йорке, например, каждый год похо-дит парад в честь Святого Патрика. Великобритания состоит из Англии, Шотландии и Уэльса и не включает Северную Ирландию. Но в каждодневной речи слово Великобритания используется что-бы обозначить все Соединенное Королевство.

Столица Великобритании- Лондон. Лондон - один из са-мых старых и наиболее интересных городов в мире. Традиционно его делят на несколько частей: the City, Westminster, the West End and the East End. Они очень отличаются друг от друга.

The Tower of London - ассоциируется со многими важными событиями в британской истории. The Tower of London был осно-ван Юлием Цезарем и в 1066 восстановлен Вильямом Конкуре-ром. Он использовался как крепость, королевский дворец и тюрь-ма. Теперь это- музей.

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