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  1. In 1707, the kingdoms of England and Scotland were merged to create the Kingdom of Great Britain, and in 1801, the Kingdom of Ireland joined to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The British monarch was the nominal head of the vast British Empire , which covered a quarter of the world's land area at its greatest extent in 1921.

  2. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Flag Coat of arms Anthem: "God Save the Queen" [a] Royal coat of arms in Scotland: Show globe Show map of Europe Show overseas territories and Crown dependencies Location of the United Kingdom (dark green) in Europe (dark grey) Capital and largest city London 51°30′N 0°7′W  /  51.500°N 0.117°W  / 51.500; -0.117 Official ...