4th richest economy of the world. Fist steps to form were re-union of England and Wales (1282). Union of afore-mentioned and Scotland (1705). This made it the United Kingdom. When it conquered Ireland/Eire, it became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. After this hold over Ireland was minimised to six counties, it assumed the current name.
Third longest country name in the world, eh?
by Kung-Fu Jesus April 26, 2004
Can you define these popular missing words?
The formal term for the UK.
"Dude, let's go on holiday to Skegness in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland."
by pro-nun-see-A-shun July 07, 2003