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10 Not well known facts about England

1. England is not a sovereign country. England is actually part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

2. Winchester was the first capital of England, from 827 to 1066. After the Norman invasion that year, the capital moved to Westminster, London.

3. Britain has many strange national traditions. From cheese rolls and gurning (making strange and contorted faces) to charming worms, British towns have some very strange traditions.

4. London Bridge is now in Arizona. The London Bridge may not have collapsed (as the song says), but it was taken brick by brick to its new owner, Lake Havasu City, Arizona in the late 1960s. Unable to cope with the heavy traffic in London, it was sold to the city in 1968 for less than $3 million.

5. The Queen has her own poet! Former holders of the “Poet Laureate” title include Ted Hughes and Jon Bergerman. The current incumbent is Carol Ann Duffy (Carol Ann Duffy). According to tradition, it is paid in sherry.

6. If the crows of the Tower of London fly away, London will fall. An ancient legend says so. Charles II introduced a law requiring the tower to keep 6 birds on its grounds at all times. This is still an actual Law!

7. England fought the shortest war with Zanzibar in 1896. Lasted 38 minutes.

8. Big Ben in London is not a clock. In fact, it is the chime of the clock.

9. The queen owns all the swans on the Thames! Counting swans-or “swans above”-is done annually by the “guardians of the queen swan”, which is a royal job.

10. Putting the stamp upside down on the envelope is a crime! The more you know!

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