Wales - In a Nutshell

Author: Sue
Date: 27th May 2015

Where Does the Word Wales Come From?

  • The name Wales comes from the Cymraeg word Gwalia, meaning "Homeland" in English.

Is Wales a Country?

  • Wales is one of the four parts of the United Kingdom (along with England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland), but technically, Wales is a principality, traditionally ruled by the Prince of Wales, the eldest son of the English monarch.
  • Wales came under English rule when it was conquered by King Edward I in 1282. Wales was ruled directly from London; but in 1997 the Welsh voted for the creation of the National Assembly for Wales and in 2006, following this vote, the Senedd, the home of the Welsh National Assembly, was created.

Wales - Snippets of Information

  • Wales is the only part of the UK not to be represented on the Union flag. The Welsh flag of red, green and white was officially recognised from 1959. The red dragon represents the native Britons.
  • Wales has more castles per square mile than any other European country, with Caerphilly being the largest in Wales and the second largest in Europe behind Windsor.

What To Do in Wales?

  • Wales; is famous for its rugged coastline, and mountainous National Parks. It's great for trekking and outdoor activities. There also beautiful beaches and a lot of castles (see above), Wales Merlin and Magic
  • The Welsh people are friendly, sing beautifully and lilt the Welsh language.
  • There are also a lot of sheep.

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