"Miss Brodie seated herself nobly like Britannia"
Statue of Britannia (Plymouth)
Creative Commons AttributionStatue of Britannia (Plymouth) - Credit: Mageslayer99, Wikimedia Commons
 Britannia is the ancient Latin name for Britain.

It is also the name given to the personification of Britain as a young woman carrying a trident and shield.

During the 19th century, Britannia came to be seen as a symbol of British unity and imperial power. 

Listen on Spotify to the song 'Rule Britannia'.

 

Cartoon of Thomas Paine lacing Britannia's stays (1793)
Public DomainCartoon of Thomas Paine lacing Britannia's stays (1793) - Credit: James Gillray