Union Jack – flag of the United Kingdom
What's the difference between England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom?
The United Kingdom – or UK – refers to the countries of England, Scotland and Wales (which are all on the same island of Great Britain) as well as Northern Ireland (on the island of Ireland across the Irish Sea). England is a country that is part of both Great Britain and the United Kingdom.
Oh – and the country of Ireland is not a part of the UK or Great Britain. It is its own state.
That skips over hundreds of years of history, warfare and political entanglements. But if you'd like a little more background, here you go…