US actress Meghan Markle will join Britain’s Royal Family when she marries Prince Harry this month but before she can become a British citizen, it will help her to know how big the Lake District is and the age of Big Ben.
Markle plans to take the nationality of her new husband after their wedding on 19 May. However, she will first have to demonstrate knowledge of some historical facts and obscure trivia that many Britons don’t know.
All would-be citizens must pass the ‘Life in the UK’ test by successfully answering 18 out of 24 questions from some 3,000 facts, such as knowing the height of the London Eye Ferris wheel and how many lawmakers sit in the Scottish Parliament.
Even many Britons find the questions baffling. In a random survey carried out by Reuters, only 23 out of 41 Britons quizzed could correctly answer questions put to them, and many of those admitted they were guessing.