Eurospeak Language School

Symbols of the UK (Part 1)

Since the beginning of humanity, people have sought to express complex notions using symbolic images. Thus, a symbol can be an object, an image, a written word, a sound or even a living being.

Monarchies have often used symbols of strength to demonstrate their own power in the face of their subjects and other monarchs.



Tudor rose

This rose is a very important emblem in England. White represents the York House and red is for the Lancaster House. During the 15th century, the two houses clashed to conquer the crown of England. This was called the “War of the Two Roses”, which ended in 1485.



It traditionally symbolizes courage, nobility, royalty, strength because it has always been perceived as the king of animals. Thus, England chose the lion as a symbol of the monarchy and then of the British Empire as it imposed its force on the world.




The English bulldog possess a strong body and a powerful jaw. His tenacity and his willingness to fight stronger animals are what made him very popular with cartoonists from the late eighteenth century to the point that they began to accompany the figure of Britannia with a lion and a bulldog.



This female personification of Great Britain has been a popular figure since the 1st century, when she was first depicted as a goddess.She is seen as a symbol of British unity, liberty and strength. Indeed, she often resurfaces during particularly challenging times. Like Columbia in the US and Marianne in France, Britannia becomes more prominent in times of war or when national pride is booming.


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