Here is a timeline for 21st century Britain - the story so far...
UK forces intervene in the civil war in Sierra Leone.
Parliament passes the Freedom of Information Act, granting public right of access to information held by public authorities, with certain limitations.
Foot and mouth crisis hits farmers.
The Eden Project opens in Cornwall.
Libyan intelligence agent, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is found guilty of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
9/11. On 11th September, Islamic al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four aircraft and flew them at targets in the USA. Two are flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, a third into the Pentagon and a fourth crashes after passengers tackle the hijackers. Almost 3,000 people are killed (67 of them British) and thousands more injured.
Prime Minister Tony Blair offers US President Bush British support for a campaign against international terrorism. The RAF joins in strikes against targets in Afghanistan. British troops are deployed as part of a NATO force.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Golden Jubilee.
The last coal mine in Scotland closes.
The UK joins a US-led military invasion of Iraq, ostensibly to end the country’s support for terrorism and because it is alleged to have ‘weapons of mass destruction’.
England wins the Rugby World Cup, narrowly defeating Australia 20-17 in the final.
The Hutton Report, the result of an investigation into the suicide of government scientist David Kelly, clears the government of any wrongdoing.
Ten new states join the European Union - Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Facebook is launched in the USA.
The Indian Ocean tsunami kills in excess of 200,000 people.
London bombings of 7/7 - 52 people are killed and about 700 injured in four Islamist suicide bomb attacks on London's transport network.
Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko is murdered in London having ingested radioactive polonium. Suspicion later falls on ex-KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi, sparking a diplomatic row with Russia.
Daniel Craig stars as the latest James Bond in Casino Royale.
Gordon Brown replaces Tony Blair as Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party.
Bulgaria and Romania join the European Union.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the 7th and final book in the series, is published.
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin perform their first full-length concert in 27 years at London’s O2 Arena.
Meanwhile – Apple launch the iPhone.
Global financial crisis plunges the UK into recession.
Meanwhile - Barack Obama becomes the first black, and the 44th, President of the United States.
Britain withdraws most of its troops from southern Iraq.
The general election in May leaves the Conservative Party as winners but without an overall majority in the House of Commons. Conservative leader David Cameron forms the first coalition since the Second World War, with the Liberal Democrats led by Nick Clegg.
The coalition government announces large-scale public spending cuts aimed at reducing UK's budget deficit.
In a wider context – the Arab Spring - revolutions and protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and several other Arab countries. The Syrian civil war begins.
Britain plays a prominent part in the international intervention in the conflict in Libya.
Prince William marries Kate Middleton.
The government announces a public inquiry, the Leveson Inquiry, into phone hacking and police bribery by now defunct the News of the World newspaper, and the culture and ethics of the British newspaper industry in general.
The killing of 29-year old Mark Duggan by police is a catalyst for widespread rioting and looting in many poorer areas of London, and in several other English cities.
In a wider context - Osama bin Laden is killed during a US raid.
HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Britain hosts the hugely successful Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
British Army Drummer Lee Rigby is hacked to death in south London by two Islamic extremists.
The Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a son George – heir to the throne after his grandfather, Charles, and father, William.
The House of Commons votes against UK military involvement in Syria.
Support surges for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in local and European elections.
Thousands of yellow bikes appear in Yorkshire to celebrate the start of the 101st Tour de France.
In September, a referendum in Scotland rejects independence (cessation from the UK), with 55% opting to remain within the United Kingdom and 45% favouring departure.
Same-sex marriage becomes legal in England, Wales and Scotland.
The UK ends combat operations in Afghanistan.
At the general election in May, the Conservative Party win a majority – against the predictions of pollsters. Its coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, lose all except 8 seats. UKIP wins nearly 4 million votes, but just 1 seat; and the Scottish National Party wins all but 3 seats in Scotland, becoming third largest party in parliament.
Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning UK monarch ever.
Outsiders Leicester City Football Club win the Premier League.
In a national referendum in June, the UK narrowly voted to leave the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron resigns, and is succeeded by former home secretary, Theresa May.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee – 65 years.
Islamist Khalid Masood kills five people, including a police officer, and injured 45, driving a car along the pavement on Westminster Bridge and attempting to break into Parliament.
In May, a homemade bomb packed with shrapnel killed 23 people and injured more than 500 at Manchester Arena after a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande.
In June, three Islamic terrorists drove a van at people on London Bridge and subsequently rampaged through the area with knives. 8 were killed and 48 injured. The terrorists were shot dead by police.
A disastrous fire at Grenfell Tower, a block of flats in North Kensington, London, in which 71 people died, highlights inadequate safety measures in tower blocks.
The June general election called by Prime Minister Theresa May, in the hope of increasing her majority, resulted in a narrow Conservative victory and a minority government supported by the Northern Irish Democratic Unionists.
Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are poisoned with a nerve agent, novichok. Britain blames Russia for the attack, sparking a diplomatic crisis.
On 19 May, Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales married Rachel Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.