New UK passport design launched

The Home Office has unveiled the latest design for UK passports, the theme of which is ‘Creative United Kingdom’.

Passport designs are updated every five years, and this latest version features British cultural icons including Shakespeare, Charles Babbage, and Anish Kapoor as well as landmark structures like the Angel of the North and the Titanic Belfast.

The new passport contains new security features and uses advanced printing technology, making it the most secure passport ever produced in the UK.

Her Majesty’s Passport Office Director General, Mark Thomson, said: “Not only are we constantly striving to stay one step ahead of those who seek to undermine the passport, but we have created a document that marks just some of the greatest creative achievements in the UK.”

The new passport will be rolled out in a phased approach with the first due to be in circulation from December 2015.