Updated at 2022-03-10
Wedgwood is a British company founded in 1759 that is known for its exquisite bone china. Its long and storied history is representative of the evolution of the entire porcelain industry. Wedgwood tableware has adorned the dining tables of British monarchs and numerous other heads of state since the time of Queen Charlotte. Wedgwood makes all types of bone china products, which have the distinction of containing the highest bone ash concentration in the world. Compared to ordinary porcelain, bone china is sturdier and more resistant to shattering. Bone china also has a high degree of heat retention and is known for its translucency, giving it both functional and aesthetic value. The proportion of added bone ash not only directly influences the properties of the product, but also shows a brand’s craftsmanship.
Flag: the British call it “Union Flag” or “Union Jack.” The flag consists of England’s red cross of St. George edged in white; Scotland’s St. Andrew’s Cross, a white saltire on a blue field; and Ireland’s St. Patrick’s Cross, a red saltire on a white area. The flag has become a design element for the flags of some Commonwealth of Nations member states.
National day: every June, a Saturday is selected as the Queen’s Official Birthday (Queen Elizabeth II’s actual birthday is April 21).
Area: 243,610 square kilometers
Population: 66,796,807 people (est. mid-2019)
Currency: pound sterling
Government: constitutional monarchy (hereditary monarchy), parliamentary cabinet system