Britain has a long and complicated history, and though not all of it was pretty, it’s united us with a sense of unbreakable patriotism. We’re proud of our world-famous landmarks like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. We love the pound. And we absolutely adore a hot cuppa with cakes and scones.
But above all, most Brits love being British because it’s fun. There are plenty of quirky facts about our country and culture that make us at least somewhat loveable. So, in this article, let’s take a look at why it’s so fun to be British.
Our historic attractions outdate the Egyptian pyramids
The pyramids of Egypt are undeniably awe-inspiring, and the Great Pyramid of Giza certainly deserves its place on the Seven Wonders list, especially given its age. Egypt’s prized historic attraction was built around 2500 B.C., making it impressively old – but not as impressively old as Stonehenge.
Most historians agree that Stonehenge was built around 3000 B.C, though whether it was used as a burial ground, sacrificial site or religious monument remains debated. Nevertheless, it’s a UNESCO site that predates the pyramids. Want to get up close and personal? Book a tour.
The Queen might send you a birthday card
Reach 100 years young, and Her Majesty will send you a personalised birthday card. It used to be a telegram, but even the royals know when it’s time to modernise. You can also request a birthday card after turning 105, and you’ll receive another one for each following birthday. How many other state heads wish their citizens or subjects a happy birthday? If you’re in London and want a glimpse into royal life, book a tour of Buckingham Palace.
London is home to the world’s biggest library
English is the world’s most widely spoken second language for several reasons. First, there was the influence of the British Empire, and now the US continues to keep English the global de facto business language. As a result, English literature is widely revered. If you want to see a huge back catalogue of English literature, head to the British Library. With over 170 million books in its archives, the British Library is the largest in the world.
England is a hub of diversity
The Brits have a reputation for being monolingual. But while it’s true most of us only speak English, many people forget that a few ancient languages are still spoken and recognised: Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Welsh and Breton. On top of that, London is home to people from more than 270 countries, and at least 300 languages are spoken. You can’t get much more diverse than that.
We invented lots of things
From the postage stamp to the game of golf and the world’s first steam engine, the British have given the world its fair share of inventions that have changed life forever. The first industrial revolution kicked off in the UK, and English Common Law has influenced the justice systems of countless countries, including the USA. Learn more about British history by visiting the British Museum.
There’s a town in Wales that’s impossible to pronounce
The UK, or more specifically Wales, is home to a town with the longest name in the world: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. See if you can say that without getting your tongue in a twist.