Great Britain (or simply Britain) is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of continental Europe. With an area of 209,331 km2 (80,823 sq mi), it is the largest of the British Isles, the largest European island, and the ninth-largest island in the world. The island is dominated by a maritime climate with narrow temperature differences between seasons. The island of Ireland is situated to the west of Great Britain, and together these islands, along with over 1,000 smaller surrounding islands, form the British Isles archipelago.

Connected to mainland Europe until 8,000 years ago, Great Britain has been inhabited by modern humans for around 30,000 years. In 2011, the island had a population of about 61 million people, making it the world's third-most populous island after Java in Indonesia and Honshu in Japan.

The term "Great Britain" is often used to refer to England, Scotland and Wales, including their component adjoining islands. Great Britain and Northern Ireland now constitute the United Kingdom. The single Kingdom of Great Britain resulted from the 1707 Acts of Union between the kingdoms of England (which at the time incorporated Wales) and Scotland.

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Tsarevna Maria Feodorovna with her sister Princess of Wales Alexandra.

Tsarevna Maria Feodorovna with her sister Princess of Wales Alexandra.

Tsarevna Maria Feodorovna with her sister Princess of Wales Alexandra. London, 1873. Цесаревна Мария Феодоровна с сестрой принцессой Уэльской Александрой. Лондон, 1873 год .

Alexander III, Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Wales, Queen Olga of Greece. Blessing of flags in Krasnoe Selo

Alexander III, Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Wales, Queen Olga of Gree...

Александр III, Мария Федоровна, принцесса Уэльская, королева Ольга Греческая. Благословение флагов в Красном Селе.

Alexander III, Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Wales, Queen Olga of Greece. Blessing of flags in Krasnoe Selo.

Alexander III, Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Wales, Queen Olga of Gree...

Александр III, Мария Федоровна, принцесса Уэльская, королева Ольга Греческая. Благословение флагов в Красном Селе.

Great Britain Guests on the Coronation of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, 1896.

Great Britain Guests on the Coronation of Emperor Nicholas II and Empr...

Highest Persons, Representatives of Foreign States, Commander-in-Chief and High-Ranked Persons who arrived in Moscow to celebrate the Sacred Crowning of Their Imperial Majesties the Emperor Nicholas II and the ... More

Great Britain Delegation on the Coronation of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, 1896.

Great Britain Delegation on the Coronation of Emperor Nicholas II and ...

Highest Persons, Representatives of Foreign States, Commander-in-Chief and High-Ranked Persons who arrived in Moscow to celebrate the Sacred Crowning of Their Imperial Majesties the Emperor Nicholas II and the ... More

Royal family portrait. In the picture: Princess Hessian Elizabeth (fifth on the left) and Princess Alice sitting in the second row next to the Princess of Wales. 1882 year.

Royal family portrait. In the picture: Princess Hessian Elizabeth (fif...

Королевский семейный портрет. На снимке: принцессы гессенские Елизавета (стоит пятая слева) и принцесса Алиса сидит во втором ряду рядом с принцессой Уэльской. 1882 год. Алиса Виктория Елена Луиза Беатриса ... More