It’s incredibly difficult to sum up British culture in the space of a few words but needless to say, the UK has been a leading player on the global cultural stage for many years often leading the way in the Arts, Music, Architecture, Theatre, Cinema and Broadcasting.
The influence of the British Empire still resonates in the world today with its biggest legacy being the English Language which continues to gain in popularity and is used as the main language for a variety of sectors, including aviation, international business and commerce.
The UK has produced a number of famous artists ranging from the classical painters such as John Constable and William Turner to the Pre-Raphaelites and the Young British Artists movement comprised of the likes of Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.
British writers include Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, John Milton, William Wordsworth, the Bronte sister, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and countless others. The most famous modern writer is JK Rowling of Harry Potter fame.
British music has dominated the world scene sever since the creation of the modern music industry. The list of award winning global superstars is very long but includes the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Coldplay, Muse, Adele and hundreds more.
Ever since the days of William Shakespeare the British have had a fondness for theatre and is the birthplace of some of the world’s most loved and famous stage plays and performers. Many British Actors are superstars in Hollywood and with the plays created by the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber British theatre has captivated audiences the world over.
The Royal Family
One aspect that is uniquely British is the Royal family which has reigned over the country virtually uninterrupted since 774 when Offa of Mercia proclaimed himself Rex Anglorum. The current British monarch is Queen Elizabeth II who has ruled since 1952. It is widely expected that she won’t retire and her son Prince Charles will reign after her death. He is currently the longest serving ‘king-in-waiting’, and public opinion varies between him ruling and the crown passing directly to his eldest son, Prince William. The country is waiting for the latest addition to the family, Prince William and his Wife Kate’s first child due to be born in the Summer of 2013.