Britannia’s story is one of evolution and reinvention, each guise reflective of the mood of the times. In the eighteenth century she began to be portrayed at the water’s edge clutching Poseidon’s Trident, a representation of British sea power. It’s no coincidence that the poem ‘Rule, Britannia’ was set to music at this time in 1740, and it didn’t take long for the British Army and Navy to adopt this rousing, patriotic song. A fixture on coinage for centuries, Britannia reflects the spirit of the nation throughout shifts in art and politics, technology and popular culture.
Britannia has come to embody our sense of national pride, a personification of what Britain represents and the ideals she upholds. She nods to our illustrious past, but always with one eye on the future.
In 2018, Britannia is reimagined once more, by designer David Lawrence. His romanticised interpretation returns Britannia to her classical roots in a design inspired by the stylings of Ancient Rome. You can find out more about the inspiration behind David’s design by watching this video.