Discover Britain, a nation in the north west of Europe, with exquisite landscapes, chocolate box villages, bustling cities, beaches for miles, and the world's most famous monarchy.
The first modern humans arrived in the area after the last ice age 10,000-35,000 years ago when sea levels were low and Britain was still connected to the European mainland. Between 1,500 and 500 BC Celtic Tribes arrived from Europe in an era that became the Bronze Age. Then came the Romans, the Angles and the Saxons, and in the 9th Century the Vikings arrived. The Danes and the Normans then took over to leave a legacy that still remains all over Britain today.
In the 16th Century, King Henry VIII created a union with Wales, he was also the last King to claim the title also in France. His daughter Queen Elizabeth I saw the beginnings of an exploration of the rest of the world and trading outside of Europe, later leading to Britain's colonial power.
In 1707 the Act of Union joined Scotland with England and Wales to be ruled under one kingdom, centralising political power in London. From here on, the monarchy played more of a passive part in British politics and a Prime Minister was appointed, marking a turning point in how the country would be run.
The British Empire expanded considerably and in the 19th Century Queen Victoria, the longest reigning monarch, ruled 40% of the globe and over a quarter of the world's population. The history and population of Britain was ever changed by the two World Wars and the British Empire broke apart.
Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952 at the age of 26, she still reigns today.