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Top 15 Reasons Why Americans Love England

Rose West has been an online writer for more than 10 years. She often writes about England, Hawaii, and books.

Why Do We Love Britain So Much?

There seems to be a running trend nowadays among Americans. We are in love with England! It’s the British Invasion! Back in the ‘60s, the British Invasion meant The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, but to tell you the truth, the English never left. Americans, more than ever, are obsessed with England, English people, and English culture.

If you think about history, an American’s love for England really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. America declared independence from England in 1776, and both countries fought for eight long years in the Revolutionary War. Several decades later, England and America clashed again in the War of 1812. In the first days of America’s independence, we were enemies with England. So why don’t Americans hate England?

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It Started With Allyship

After the first fights with England, Americans and Britons became allies. We have fought side by side in World War I, World War II, and in the Middle East. We have been friends, committed to helping each other out. We have died for each other. So maybe our love of England does make sense after all.

I can’t say for sure if Britons are in love with Americans, but Americans are enthralled by the English and their ways. Let’s look at the top fifteen reasons why Americans love England. These are from the perspective of an American—an American who also confesses to a little fascination with a country she’s never visited.

Top 15 Reasons

15. The Accent

British people can’t really help it. They just have the cutest accents! Of course, there are probably hundreds of English accents in the U.K., but the average American can’t tell the difference between them. Americans love to imitate an English accent. The British probably think that we sound like idiotic monkeys, but it really amuses us. I wonder, do English people try to imitate the American dialect?

Why Can't the English Learn to Speak!

A Brit's Attempt at an American Accent...

14. The Queen

English people have royalty! Although democracy is what this country is all about, Americans are simply fascinated by the royals. We all know that the queen doesn’t have any real power anymore, but for some reason, England still keeps her on the throne. What she does there is a mystery to me. American girls have this dream: One day, you’ll find out you’re related to some rich royal personage—you’re really a princess, after all—and then you get to marry Prince William.

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

13. Prince William

No explanation necessary!

Prince William

Prince William

12. The History

England is so rich with history. The country has been around for centuries and centuries. Some of England’s buildings are older than the Constitution of the United States. England has existed so long, that its history has become the stuff of legends. England is the home of King Arthur and Robin Hood and Jack the Ripper, and fairies and dragons and dryads.

History becomes legend.

History becomes legend.

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11. The Way of Life

Americans, in general, lead very busy lives. I’m sure English people are often the same way, but we like to view them as leading simple countrified lives. Drinking tea out of fine china every afternoon. Walking to the village church every Sunday. Gossiping with the neighbors (over a cup of tea, of course). Knitting by the open hearth. Watching Punch and Judy puppet shows.

Country Church

Country Church

10. The Food

Crumpets, bangers, hot toddies, pasties. Many of us Americans don’t know what these really are, but they sure do sound delicious. How can English people eat scones and biscuits at teatime every day and not get fat?

9. The Thatched Roof

We like to think all British people live in thatched-roof cottages. Ivy grows along the plastered walls, and roses bedeck the walkways. Rosy-cheeked children wear britches and run around playing blind man’s buff (apparently, Americans get it all wrong when we say “blind man’s bluff”).

8. The Little Cars

When we think out from under the thatched roof, we realize that English people actually own cars (don’t they just walk everywhere?). Except for the fact that the English drive on the WRONG side of the road, the English know a little bit about cars. English cars are so cool! Who wouldn’t want to drive a mini cooper around the streets of London?

7. The Telephones

People in England must not own telephones. If they ever have to call someone, they run outside and use one of those bright red phone booths. At least, that's how it works in the movies.

6. The Bond, James Bond

English people are classy. That is, they’re classy when they’re not living under a thatched roof. I’m beginning to think there must be two kinds of English people: the thatched-roof ones, and the classy James Bond ones.

5. The Humor

Monty Python, Mr. Bean, Jeeves and Wooster, Punch and Judy. Americans think British humor is hilarious (except for maybe Punch and Judy. I’m still not sure what that’s about). But I have this lingering feeling that Americans aren’t laughing at the same things that the English are laughing at.

Monty Python

A Bit of Fry and Laurie

4. The Simon

Americans love Simon Cowell. He’s mean, blunt, arrogant, insolent, and insulting. What’s there not to love? And Americans don’t just love Simon Cowell; they love British judges on reality TV shows. There’s Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne on “America’s Got Talent.” There’s Nigel Lythgoe on “So You Think You Can Dance.” And there’s Len Goodman is “Dancing with the Stars.” You’d think that maybe there would be American judges on British reality television shows, but there aren’t. Apparently, America may have talent, but it doesn't have taste, whereas England boasts talent and taste. Oh, and by the way, there are no American nannies. Children only listen to nannies with British accents.

Americans also love watching BBC television. The very popular TV show “The Office” actually started in England on BBC. PBS’s Masterpiece Theater airs many BBC-produced shows.

3. The Drama

There are many very distinguished actors and actresses from England. Maybe it’s their accents, maybe it’s their poise, but in any case, Americans love to watch the English act.

2. The Music

As I mentioned before, Americans love British music. The British invasion gave us The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. Since then, the U.K. has shared with us the music of Sting, U2 (ok, so they’re Irish, same difference, but not really), Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, KT Tunstall (who’s Scottish), Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and my favorite, Keane.

1. The Literature

Now we come to my favorite part of English culture – the literature. England has given birth to some of the greatest writers in all of history. Who hasn’t enjoyed reading the works of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Agatha Christie, etc.

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Comments

Rupert Taylor from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on December 01, 2019:

Oh dear. This article describes a Britain that ceased to exist more than half a century ago. Eight-three percent of Brits live in cities. Of the estimated 25 million homes in Britain just 60,000 have thatched roofs.

The mini you pictured went out of production in 1967. I had one. It was horrible.

Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium to a Dutch noblewoman and a British/Austrian father.

This article is full of inaccuracies and misconceptions. It reminds me of a story my British father told me. As a Royal Navy officer during World War Two, he met an American counterpart who was surprised that my father didn’t wear a monocle, believing it to be the habit of all English gentlemen. Dad replied that he had never actually met a monocle-wearing Brit.

daniel evans on March 08, 2019:

England has very hot summers and is one of the hottest country's in Europe after Spain Italy and Greece the reason England is so hot is because there is so much metal in England and under ground and England's seas are close to being tropics because the English sea becomes from the tropics, it goes in a cercal tropics to English sea and the water doesn't get much time to cool down, the worm sea heats up England like a spoon because of all of the metal so its very warm and loads of warm air comes to England's direction so it gets very hot in the summer about 40 degrees 104 Fahrenheit and gets droughts you may not think its that hot in England but it is since and geography reasons.

James on January 31, 2019:

I apologize for this but most of us don't live in villages I'm from a town , one misconception everyone gets wrong is assuming British like the royals to be honest most of us view them either in contempt or with general indifference. Me personally I dislike them also our food is far more diverse then cliche foods yes they are part of our national identity but they are not a prerequisite all food from various cultures is fair game to us. Also we don't like people immitating us it can come across quite annoying , if we came to America and started immitating your accent in front of you when you know that's not our real , it would come across rude and a bit weird tbh unless you actually know that person they would think your mocking them just to give you a heads up.

Sup Guyzz on January 18, 2019:

Just wanna tell you people that not all British people have posh,annoying or silly accents.We have all kinds of accents.

Nicholas Andrews on January 16, 2019:

Sorry Darling,

Sting isn't Irish. He's English.

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