Great Britain is the official name given to the two kingdoms of England and Scotland, and the principality of Wales.  The United Kingdom (UK) includes these areas as well as Northern Ireland.  Britain refers to only England and Wales, though some will shorten Great Britain with this term.

Great Britain is the official name given to the two kingdoms of England and Scotland, and the principality of Wales. The United Kingdom (UK) includes these areas as well as Northern Ireland. Britain refers to only England and Wales, though some will shorten Great Britain with this term.

Correction, flag of the United Kingdom. The flag of Great Britain doesn't have the St Patrick cross as Ireland was not fully incorporated under the crown until 1807 I.e the formation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Wales is not featured because it's a principality, not a kingdom.

Correction, flag of the United Kingdom. The flag of Great Britain doesn't have the St Patrick cross as Ireland was not fully incorporated under the crown until 1807 I.e the formation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Wales is not featured because it's a principality, not a kingdom.

Map of UK Counties in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and in addition Ireland (which is not in the UK).

Map of UK Counties in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and in addition Ireland (which is not in the UK).

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

The difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England  [by Rosetta Stone Learning Center -- via #tipsographic]. More at tipsographic.com

The difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England [by Rosetta Stone Learning Center -- via #tipsographic]. More at tipsographic.com

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