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This page is contains information which affects the United Kingdom as a whole, which includes England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


The United Kingdom uses English but uses some different (from 'American English') words for certain things. For example Mum rather than Mom on invite letters.

Date Format

Most people in United Kingdom currently use a Day, Month, Year notation for most things

  • DD/MM/YY

When a time as well as a date is given, it will some times be given in what is called the International format.

When written in United Kingdom the format of the date is typically the Day Month of Year

  • 18th June 1984
  • 18th day of June 1984
  • Eighteenth day of June in the year of our Lord 1984

Regnal Years

Regnal Years are counted from the beginning of a monarch's reign. The years are counted from the day the reign started, but the day and the month are taken from the (Julian or Gregorian) calendar in force.

An example of a regnal date (is "on the twentieth day of May in the nineteenth year of our Sovereign King George the Second" which would be 20th May 1746 as George reigned from 11 June 1727

The Metric System

As a member of the European Union, the United Kingdom in theory uses the metric system, however in practise most people in United Kingdom still think in terms of imperial measurements


Height is measured in feet and inches in most cases, however medical reports now tend to favour measuring people in Meters.


Weight is measured in Stones or Kilo-grams. Unlike in America people in the United Kingdom don't measure their weight in Lb but prefer to give their weight as something like 13 and a half stone.


Distance is measured formally in Miles, although informally some distances are given as the time it would take to walk between the distances ie. "Cardiff is 3 hours from Pontypridd".

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