The United Kingdom has benefited hugely from its Scandinavian and Germanic forebears. These people have enriched the culture, society, and nation of Britain along with the culture of the native Celtic Britons before them.
Although cultures have clashed, in the end Britain is the blood relation to these northern European countries and the trials and tribulations have helped made the UK what it is today – intelligent, strong, capable, and proud. In regards to the Viking raids of old, Queen Sonja of Norway remarked that the world “fortunately moves forward.”
Britain should celebrate its deep roots. Many things we regard as typically British – whether it be customs, language, or placenames – have been produced and influenced by Teutonic and Viking heritage. Even the Royal Family has this bloodline. The German Hanovers produced Victoria, the last of their line whose name was lent to an era. Her husband, Prince Albert, brought over the Germanic tradition of a Christmas tree. Further back, the royal history contains the famous William the Conqueror, Duke of the Viking stronghold Normandy; Father Christmas is taken directly from the Norse myth of Odin; even the Scottish celebrate their Viking roots – Up Helly Aa in Shetland.
The beauty of the countryside, the majesty of the sea, the cultural ties and historic grandeur all make Britain one of the most priceless gems in the world. Thanks to them, they have established the United States in their image, and have handed to us many of their customs and heritage. This in turn links us, too, to important Scandinavian roots of which we can be proud.
Thank you! Both the British and the Americans are very happy to be able to call you friends. You’ve shaped our national character and strengthen our communities. So many contributions to the modern world have been made by you in many professions and fields. Thank you all for what you do to make America and Britain unique and wonderful countries.