However, since the early 1990s Britain has been 'reinventing itself' as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
And what was Britain or the UK before the 1990s? Wasn't it exactly that?
I always like to call it (admittedly as a non-Brit!) "Her Majesty's Kingdom of Britain and Northern Ireland", as said by Sir Humphrey Appleby in "Yes, Prime Minister".
This link might help explain the difference between Britain, the UK, England, British Isles etc etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNu8XDBSn10
I only learnt last night that if there is a King James, he would take the number VIII. When QEII became the monarch, some Scottish folk didn't like her being QEII
as Scotland didn't have a QE I. When Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne of England, she wasn't the Scottish monarch. QEII should have been QE I for the Scots. Winston Churchill sorted it out by declaring that from QEII onwards, the monarch would take the highest number from either country. As James I was James VI of Scotland, and James II and James VII of Scotland, the next King James would be James VIII as James VII was the last James of either country. (I fervently hope that was correct. I saw that on "Q.I." last night and I'm certain Stephen Fry wouldn't lie to me!)