Amazing ancient history. The UK has a very interesting history of many centuries. Only Stonehenge is worth something! Or the royal house with its 200-year-old dynasty. But in the UK there is a house that it 10 500 years old – it is 6000 years older than Stonehenge. This archaeological find was made in North Yorkshire, the scholars believe that ancient dwelling protected its habitants from the weather at the end of the last Ice Age.
One woman in three has ever had an abortion. In the UK, abortion is not considered something immoral or illegal, the procedure is officially permitted since 1967 – in England, Scotland and Wales. According to statistics, the number of women who have abortions, increased from 154,300 in 1995 to over 200,000 in 2013.
The unpleasant truth about the British Empire. In its heyday the British Empire was the largest empire in the history of mankind, and no doubt it has been the world leader. At the peak of its power there lived the fifth part of the world’s population. The British Empire has brought our civilization wonderful discoveries in the field of engineering, medicine and the arts, but don’t forget about the barbaric methods of repressions – concentration camps, tortures, relocation of entire populations, apartheid. It is believed that many of the crimes committed by the British Empire are glossed over and ignored.
The Queen has no real power. Despite the fact that the history of the British royal family lasts for hundreds of years, the role of the monarch had lost its former importance and basically is aimed to accept the delegations. At present, the existing Queen Elizabeth II has the right to appoint and dismiss ministers, to issue passports and even to declare war, but the final decision on the issue of the war is on the current prime minister.
Elizabeth II owns one sixth of the Earth’s land surface. Queen Elizabeth II is the legitimate owner of one sixth of the Earth’s land surface. Formally, she is also the owner of more than 30 other countries and territories. She doesn’t rule there and only formally owns. This union of states is called the Commonwealth of Nations and it is respected around the world.
Changing tables are used by cocaine addicts. The study that was conducted in 2011 showed that 9 out of 10 children’s changing tables in public places had traces of cocaine. The audit was conducted in shopping malls, churches and even police stations.
A supporter of the Nazis in the royal family. Edward VIII, uncle of the current Queen Elizabeth II, greeted the Nazis before the World War II. Although this fact was well known to the royal family, people learned about it only after the publication of photos in which a smiling young prince was captured with the German Nazis. The same time, when this photo appeared, there was published an archival filming of 1933, on which the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister raise their arms in a Nazi salute.
The murder of the Scot is legal. The relations between England and Scotland for many years were not easy. Now their relationship can be called quite bearable. However, it was found that there is the old law of the city of York, which allows to kill any Scot, if he holds a bow and arrows. And this law hasn’t been canceled.
The Queen has no passport. British citizen passport is issued in the name of the Queen, that’s why her Majesty doesn’t have it. Queen Elizabeth II simply doesn’t need this document. When she goes somewhere for a visit with a “diplomatic mission”, she easy passes customs, inspections of luggage and passport control.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages by juveniles is legal. The laws that govern the use of alcohol in the UK are quite vague and ambiguous: on the one hand, the law states that alcohol can’t be sold to persons under 18 years of age, and on the other – doesn’t prohibit children from 5 years of age or older to drink alcohol at home or at territory of any other private property.
Kate Middleton brings money to the Treasury. It’s no secret that Kate is very popular among the population, especially among British women. Many people try to copy her style – the clothes, hairstyle, mannerisms. Studies have shown that the average fan of aristocratic style of the Duchess spends more than £ 250 on attempts to look “like Kate”. The outfits, in which were spotted Middleton, are always bought at a breakneck pace – as soon as her photos appear in the media.
Children from three parents. In 2015, the British parliament passed a bill that allows conceiving a child using DNA samples from three parents (two women and one man). The UK became the first country to legalize such method of artificial insemination. This method can help to prevent certain genetic diseases that are inherited from mother to child. The bill has caused large protests, but it was approved and regarded as an important step in the development of technologies.
Eating horse meat – a taboo. In many countries, the consumption of horse meat is quite common, but it is not legal in the UK. In 2013, in the country there was a scandal, when in the market appeared burgers with horsemeat disguised as beef. To fight with such phenomena there is a law under which every horse, pony, mule and zebra … must have a valid passport, otherwise the owner will be responsible in front of the law.
Concentration camps. The British invented TV, Internet and mini-skirts, but they were also the creators of the first concentration camps. We usually associate them only with the Nazis, but Britons have used them during the Second Boer War (1899 – 1902). General Kitchener, trying to suppress the opposition, decided to put his family, fighting against the Boers, in the concentration camps, to deprive Boer “commandos” of the possibility of supply and support. This unjustified cruelty was only the tip of the iceberg among all that has done the British Empire.
Slavery was abolished recently. When it comes to slavery, first we remember the US, and the UK isn’t particularly mentioned. Despite the fact that in this country and all its colonies the slavery was abolished in the 19th century, up to 6 April 2010 British law didn’t consider it a crime.