The top 50 key British traits have been revealed

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  • Cup of tea anyone? We take a look at the list of attributes that make us proud to be British

    From a roast on a Sunday to having an avid interest in the weather at all times, it seems we Brits are a nation of habits and tradition.

    The results of the top 50 British traits (that we apparently adhere to even on holiday) were compiled by holiday provider Sovereign, who polled 2,000 UK adults in a quest to find what makes us tick as a nation.

    A spokesman for Sovereign said: “Britain has many wonderful traditions which we as a nation are rightly proud of.

    “The list shows that we don’t take ourselves too seriously and aren’t afraid to acknowledge our uniquely British traits.”

    Our personal favourites were tutting or sighing loudly if someone jumps a queue and doing DIY on a bank holiday weekend! Naturally!

    So without further ado, here is the definitive list of quintessentially British traits…

    1. Eating a traditional roast dinner on a Sunday

    2. Putting the kettle on in a crisis

    3. Eating a full English breakfast

    4. The ability to queue nicely

    5. Cheering on the underdog

    6. Going to the pub

    7. Guy Fawkes night

    8. Eating turkey on Christmas Day

    9. Having an avid interest in the weather at all times

    10. Being overly polite in every eventuality

    11. Celebrating Remembrance Day

    12. Eating fish and chips on a Friday

    13. Pancake flipping on Shrove Tuesday

    14. Saying sorry when you’ve not done anything wrong

    15. Dunking biscuits in tea

    16. Checking the local weather report before travelling anywhere

    17. The sending and receiving of greetings cards

    18. Adhering to rules (following the arrows the correct way round the car park, for example)

    19. Being proud of your garden

    20. Enjoying a cream tea in Devon

    21. Eating pasties when visiting Cornwall

    22. The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

    23. White weddings

    24. Watching the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day

    25. Getting the strawberries and cream out to watch Wimbledon

    26. Keeping a stiff upper lip at all times

    27. Visiting Pantomime at Christmas

    28. Always taking an umbrella down before you get indoors

    29. Considering meat and two veg as the staple parts of a main meal

    30. Trying to catch the very last rays of sun on a summer’s day

    31. Tutting or sighing loudly if someone jumps a queue, but not doing anything about it

    32. Barbequing at the first hint of sunshine

    33. Taking great pride in celebrating one-time special events

    34. Taking layers of clothing to the beach, just in case it’s cold or the sun goes in when you get there

    35. Hailing the BBC as the best thing on television

    36. Moving around the garden to catch the sun rays through the day

    37. Playing conkers in the playground

    38. Doing a spot of gardening on a bank holiday

    39. Reading the newspapers in the morning

    40. Drinking cider in Somerset

    41. Doing DIY on a bank holiday weekend

    42. Arguing about politics

    43. Instinctively wanting to go the pub on a sunny day

    44. Travelling by black cabs or red buses in London

    45. Morris Dancing

    46. Flocking to the beach as soon as the temperature rises

    47. Having a strong opinion about whether you put the milk in before the tea & hot water, or vice versa

    48. Refusing to complain about bad service

    49. Maypole dancing to celebrate May Day

    50. Obsessing about the traffic

    We think that list was pretty definitive! Did they miss anything?

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