Kingdom of Great Britain

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Kingdom of Great Britain
Flag of the Kingdom of Great Britain British Coat of Arms
(National Flag) (Royal Arms of the House of Hanover)
Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit
(French: God and my right)
Location of the Kingdom of Great Britain
Capital London
Head of State King of Great Britain
Head of Government Prime Minister
Parliament House of Commons, House of Lords
This article is about the historical state called the Kingdom of Great Britain (1707-1800). For information about its modern successor state, see the main article: United Kingdom.

The Kingdom of Great Britain, also known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain, was a state located in Western Europe, from 1707 to 1800. It was created by the merging of the Kingdom of Scotland and the Kingdom of England under the Acts of Union 1707 to create a single kingdom encompassing the whole of the island of Great Britain. A new, single parliament and government, based in Westminster in London, controlled the new kingdom. The two former kingdoms had shared the same monarch since King James VI of Scotland became King James I of England in 1603.

From 1707 onward, a joint "British" throne replaced the English and Scottish thrones and a joint Parliament of Great Britain replaced the Parliament of Scotland and the Parliament of England. Scotland and England were given seats in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords of the new parliament. Although Scotland's representation in both houses was smaller than its population indicated it should have been, representation in parliament was at that time based not on population but on taxation, and Scotland was given a greater number of MPs than its share of taxation warranted. Under the terms of the union, Scotland elected forty-five members to the Commons and sent sixteen representative peers to the Lords. The Kingdom of Great Britain was superseded by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801 when the Kingdom of Ireland was absorbed with the enactment of the Act of Union following the suppression of the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

Monarchs of Great Britain

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Preceded by:
Kingdom of England
c92730 April 1707
Kingdom of Scotland
c84330 April 1707
Kingdom of Great Britain
1 May 170731 December 1800
Succeeded by:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
1 January 18015 December 1922
British Isles (terminology)
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