United Kingdom is more than just England. Yes, it’s a common perception of many people that England and The United Kingdom are same. United Kingdom consists of basically four different countries Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are two different countries. Now the government of UK is constitutional monarchy with the largest city London being the capital. UK has been very famous since the start of cyclized life. Current a very developed nation and a very stable economy as its currency sterling are of the highest value, even more than dollar. The major reason for this small group of nations to build such a powerful economy was that they were able to drain wealth from their slave countries and now are utilizing that wealth. Here are the top ten reasons UK is famous for.
The most watched sport at the moment world over. People are just crazy for Barclays Premier League and are a regular follower of it. Premier league features teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool whose fan base if completely combined will turn out to be larger than the population of many nations. Among these Manchester United is the most successful and most followed world over. The amount of money, excitement and emotions involved during the league makes it very interesting and the viewership has always been on the rise, especially during the transfer window. Recently Gareth Bale (Welsh) was transferred from Tottenham Hotspurs for a transfer fee involving a record 100 million euros. Why wouldn’t the league make headlines when such amount of money is involved? The national team of England is also pretty successful making football a start attraction of United Kingdom.
Everybody at some point of time in life dreamt of studying in Oxford or Cambridge. I too, but soon realized that not all dreams and wishes come true. Well UK is just famous for the quality of academics and environment provided by the world renowned universities like Oxford and Cambridge. Their popularity is such that in India if you ask a man about Indian universities he would be unaware but when asked about either Oxford or Cambridge he would certainly know something about them. Then among students apart from this there are many popular universities like London school of economics, Glasgow University and Leeds University. United Kingdom is definitely blessed with some of the world’s best universities and those institutes definitely deserve all the credit.
One of the four grand slams of tennis held annually. It is the oldest of them all and being held at the green lawns of All England Club since 1877. History has been made and records created as well as broken in this championship numerous times. It is the most popular of all grand slams as well and attracts crowd from all over the globe. Even the players try and give more than their best in this championship. The best part is strict dress code for competitors, eating of strawberries and cream by spectators and The Royal Patronage. They have kept the legacy going and the same old Wimbledon is still alive.
This game was introduced by England only as the Gentlemen’s game. England dominated the proceedings earlier but later on other teams took over and such is the competition that England could never win the World Cup. Cricket has transformed from gentlemen’s game to more physical and demanding form. But this has increased the viewership and followers. The fierce rivalry of Ashes between England and Australia still attracts lakhs of crowd and the viewership globally is also huge. The domestic circuit of England is also very well developed and one of the best in world.
5. The Royal Family
They are the first celebrities of UK even before the actors came into limelight. It includes the immediate family of the Queen or King. In UK their lives and marriages have always been a subject of national news and common people always try and sneak a way into their private life. The Royal wedding of Prince Williams and Kate Middleton was telecasted live all over the globe. Who wouldn’t know about UK after that? Who wouldn’t go and google about the royal family after that?
Stonehenge is one of the seven wonders of world. A site of World Heritage, religious significance and a declared National Treasure by the UK government. It is believed to have been built somewhere around 3000 BC according to an archaeological survey in 2008. It attracts tourists from all over the globe if someone is in UK heshe will definitely try to be at Amesbury for Stonehenge. Many other reports suggest that Stonehenge could have been a burial ground during ancient times due to many remains of dead bodies found around and between it. This site is definitely gives UK a special place of significance on globe because like Taj Mahal is to India, Stonehenge is to UK.
We all must have heard his name. He is just dam famous. As children we had his poems or plays in school literature course. Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright. He is regarded as the greatest writer of English language. World Renowned as a dramatist, his played are performed on stage than any of the playwrights. His work has been translated into many languages. So globally a huge amount of people have read his work or works and is assumed by citizens of UK as their National Poet. Shakespeare definitely made UK proud and no doubt he features on this list for making UK famous worldwide.
8. Harry Potter
JK Rowling was a very ordinary person just like many of us until she penned this brilliant story of Harry Potter. Hats off to this exceptional work of fantasy novel series. I am a big fan of harry potter myself and read the full series. But the main fan base was created after these novels were made into movies and world over where people couldn’t lay their hands on these novels watched the movies. Harry Potter movies have made many records of earnings and collection. Among the youth and children everybody wanted to join a wizard school and imagined if such a place actually exists. The platform 9 of London must have been very famous after first movie was released. Many people tried getting through it and hurt themselves. Well Harry Potter definitely makes UK a very popular place.
This band of “Fab Four” was formed in 1960 and had become international stars by 1964. Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr were pioneering figures of Rock music at that time and had started with Liverpool gradually raising their platform up to the international level. They were the first British band to feature in US top music charts. Their popularity was so high that during those days they sold about 177 million albums worldwide. That is an incredible figure in sixties. They are still on top of the all-time most successful bands despite breaking up in 1970. Beatles was certainly not much behind other members of this list in making their own country a popular figure.
10. James Bond
Things which come into my mind after Bond are gadgets, bond girls, cars and theme songs. Well many girls may also die for the fictional character James Bond. Ian Flemings started James Bond series as novels and short stories in 1953. Since then 23 movies have been made and six different Bonds have been used. James Bond movies are the longest continually running series and second most grossing film series of all time. Started way back in 1962 by Dr No and latest in 2012 Skyfall. James Bond is very popular name which would strike anyone when the word spy or special agent is used. The British secret service agent is tenth on my list but is a very popular figure globally and is still making UK proud.