35 Things Brits Would Know



By: Sameena Mughal

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

God save the Queen! When we think of Great Britain, we think of the royal family, but there is so much more about this area of the world. It is a land by the sea where every part is no more than 75 miles from the water. Our friends across the pond have offered the world so much in the way of landmarks, culture and more.

This charming little isle of the globe is the birthplace of one of the greatest dramatists in the world, William Shakespeare. His place of birth, Stratford upon Avon, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in England. Around 2.5 million travelers a year visit this quaint town by the river Avon. Harry Potter buffs can visit the Great Hall of Hogwarts in Christchurch. If you're a lover of literature, there's something for you in the UK, no doubt about it.

If architecture is more your cup of tea, you'll be pleased to learn that some of the most famous castles in the world are found in England. Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace are among the most well-renowned residences of royalty. With their medieval structures, Dover Castle and Warwick Castle evoke memories of a time gone by in Great Britain's history.

Sit back, grab a cup of tea, and take our quiz to see how much you know of what the Brits know! Enjoy!

England has some of the most breathtaking royal residences in the world. Which one is the oldest?

Windsor Castle, located in Berkshire, is a place that the Royal Family has called home for about 1,000 years. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, were wed there in 2018.


Words matter. How many languages are spoken in London?

A few years ago, a study showed that about 1.1 million school children in London spoke 311 dialects. Some of the languages that are spoken most are Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandarin.


In the UK, money is called the pound. What's slang for a pound?

Some people think that "quid" comes from the phrase "quid pro quo." Still, other people might call a pound a "nicker." A five-pound note is called a "fiver," and a 10-pound note is, you guessed it, a "tenner."


What language besides English was once the official language in the UK?

William the Conqueror originally brought French to Britain in 1066 during the Normandy invasion. In the Middle Ages, if you wanted a career in law, education or government, you had to speak French.


Which palace has its own police station?

The Queen entertains about 50,000 guests a year for the various dinners, lunches and parties she hosts throughout the year. An unruly guest has to be dealt with quickly, if necessary.


Old Glory is the nickname for the U.S. flag. What's the nickname of the UK flag?

Also known as the Union Flag, this banner of the United Kingdom is a combination or union of the three crosses of England, Ireland and Scotland. It symbolizes the three countries united under one monarch.


The Beatles started the British Invasion. Which city did they come from?

Liverpool's favorite sons have about 30 landmarks dedicated to them. On a magical tour of this city, you can take a Fab Four Taxi Tour or visit the homes Paul McCartney and John Lennon grew up in.


How long is a fortnight?

Not just a Shakespearean term, fortnight comes from the Old English term, "feowertyne niht" that means "fourteen nights." Most people on this side of the Atlantic just say "two weeks" or "biweekly."


If you say you're "knackered," what are you?

Sometimes, when you get tired, you’re beat. When you are knackered, it doesn't mean you have a knack for something; you are just plain worn out. An object that's old or broken is knackered, too.


The British love a spot of tea. How many cups do they drink a day?

The British drink 20 times more tea than Americans a day. According to the BBC, the Tea and Infusions group reported that Brits drank about 60 billion cups a year in 2016.


What's the most haunted city in the United Kingdom?

York is not just the most haunted city in the United Kingdom; it's one of the most haunted cities in the world. The walled city has more than 500 reported cases of ghostly events.


Which U.S. president is Kate Middleton's cousin?

The New England Genealogical Society in Boston revealed that Middleton is the first president’s eighth cousin, eight times removed. Princess Diana was also a cousin of the American president.


These sports are known around the world: rugby, polo, soccer. Which one was invented in the UK?

Being the first in something does not automatically make you the best. In soccer, England doesn't rank with the top countries in World Cup wins. The honor of most wins goes to Brazil.


In the UK, how many miles do you have to go for the accent to change?

For such a small area of land, a large number of accents are represented in the United Kingdom. If you travel around, you might run into about 20 different accents including Irish, Scottish and Cockney.


What unique service is offered in the UK?

If someone knows a person who didn't have family, this is their opportunity to do a good deed. The "Rent a Mourner" service will fill a funeral or memorial service with mourners to remember the departed.


Which former Mouseketeer's music did the British Navy use to scare away Somali Pirates?

A British naval officer said that a “blast of Britney” heads the pirates in the other direction. It’s nothing personal against Britney, though. The bad guys just hate Western culture and music that much.


England participated in the shortest war in history. How long was it?

Some people don't eat lunch in 38 minutes. Somehow, the British managed to fight a war with Zanzibar in that record amount of time. They destroyed the enemy's artillery within two minutes!


During the height of the British empire, how much of the world's population was British?

"The sun never sets on the British Empire" was a popular phrase when the empire was the most powerful in the world. About 20 percent of the world's geography belonged the United Kingdom.


Which dish is a national dish of England?

Chicken tikka masala is on the list because of all the diversity in England. This dish didn't have its beginnings in India, actually. It was made specifically for the British during their rule in India.


Can you tell us the official name of the Tower of London?

The Tower of London houses the Queen of England's dazzling jewelry collection. In total, this fortress of royal finery contains 25,578 gems, including the 530-carat Cullinan Diamond.


How many people in the UK watched the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton?

Many people who remember Princess Diana's wedding to Prince Charles tuned in for this special event. Their wedding actually drew in more viewers than Prince Harry's and Meghan Markle's.


Do you know another name for London's subway?

The London Underground is one of the oldest subway systems in the world. Its nickname the Tube came about in 1890 because of how the tunnels were shaped. Former talk-show host Jerry Springer was born during the Second World War at one of its stations during an air-raid.


Where do British coronation ceremonies take place?

In the over 1,000-year-history of coronations for the British monarchy, the location for all of them has been Westminster Abbey. The current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, had hers televised in 1953.


What is the name of the tallest building in London?

At one time, The Shard was Europe's tallest building. Now it ranks at number five because of the tall buildings in Moscow. It is still the tallest building in London at 309.7 meters or 1016 feet.


If you want to visit Stonehenge, where can you find it?

Stonehenge is over 5,000 years old and located on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. It is older than the Pyramids at Giza. It is also one of the most ancient sites in the world.


What food does the Queen forbid on royal menus?

Queen Elizabeth II is not a fan of garlic. A former royal chef revealed to "Marie Claire" that she hates the taste and smell of that vegetable. She's probably not too fond of lasagna, then.


Which British city has the oldest bicycle shop in the world?

Pearson Cycles Specialists in London was started by Tom Pearson, a blacksmith, in 1860. The Guinness Book of World Records officially recognized this family-owned business as the world's oldest bicycle business.


Can you name England's national sport?

Most of the 18 cricket clubs in the United Kingdom are in England. However, England doesn't have its own team as it is combined with Wales. Scotland and Ireland each have their own teams.


How many wives did Henry VIII have?

Henry VIII started the Church of England just so he could divorce Catherine of Aragon, who was a devout Catholic. He divorced his next wife and beheaded the next two. The following two died naturally.


How much is the royal family worth?

"Forbes" magazine included assets like Buckingham Palace in their calculations. Because of their celebrity status, the Royal family has its advantages for Britain from an economic point of view.


Which festival is believed to be the oldest dance festival in Britain?

The festival has a maypole and a village all adorned in green. But all eyes are on the "Obby 'Oss, a black horse costume that goes through the streets while music and dancing are going on all around it.


In 1811, what name was given to almost a quarter of British women?

Not only was Mary the name of a queen, but it was also one of the most popular names in the 1800s for the people of Britain. The name comes from the Latin and Greek version, Maria. It also goes back to the Hebrew form, Miriam.


Can you say what was the job of the Queen during WWII?

Before she became queen, then Princess Elizabeth wanted to do her bit for the war effort. Her act of service was becoming a member of the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service as a mechanic. In 2003, she honored military veterans.


Do you know the name of Shakespeare's family home in Stratford?

Shakespeare’s home in New Place was the second largest house in Stratford. It's not a surprise because the Bard was not only a successful playwright; he was also a theater owner and businessman.


What does it mean to "go for a cheeky Nandos?"

People in the US scratch their heads on this one because Nando's is not found here despite being an international franchise. Instead of fried chicken as comfort food, it’s Portuguese chicken.


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