From July 2023, for the first time since 1952, British passports will be issued in the name of His Majesty King Charles III. The change comes with an announcement from Home Secretary Suella Braverman:
For 70 years, Her Majesty has appeared on British passports and many of us will not remember a time when she did not feature. Today marks a significant moment in UK history, as the first British passports since 1952 start featuring the title of His Majesty, the King. - 18 July 2023
There are recent government proposals for higher application fees for UK visas. However, the fees for passport applications already saw an increase in February. The table below shows the new fees for all passport applications made on or after 2nd February 2023:
Adult Passport (34 page)
Adult Passport (50 page)
Child Passport (34 page)
Child Passport (50 page)
Design Change - British Passport
Between 1988 and 2020, British passports were issued in a burgundy colour and bore the European Union's name on the cover page. From March 2020, following the UK's departure from the European Union just 2 months earlier, passports underwent a design and colour change, moving from burgundy to the more traditional blue, which was first introduced in the 1920s. The change also saw a security upgrade making the current passport one of the most technologically advanced passports worldwide.
If you need help applying for your first British passport or need to urgently renew or replace an existing one, contact us today.