The new UK passport launched last week and has revealed itself as a tribute to a Creative United Kingdom, celebrating the achievements of the UK’s best creative minds and their designs over the past 500 years.

A new passport is launched every five years, to upgrade the security and prevent counterfeiting. Whilst the new passport is thought to be the most secure design to date, with intricate watermarks plus UV and infrared light reactions, it holds other treasures within its pages.

One of the featured watermarks, for instance, is the portrait of William Shakespeare, which appears on every page. And the playwright isn’t the only famous face you’ll spot; eight other iconic inventors, artists and designers have whole pages dedicated to them.

From John Harrison’s marine clock to Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace’s computer coding, it shows the inventions and creations that have shaped the UK. It also has pages dedicated to the Festival of Culture, and showcases Britain’s best architecture, such as Parliament and The Falkirk Wheel.

We could go on to list them all, but we don’t want to spoil all the surprises for when you issue your new one!

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