UK Parliament Logo

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UK Parliament: Brand overview

Founded: 1 January 1801
Headquarters:
City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Website: parliament.uk
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The UK Parliament is the legislative body of the UK. Historically, it is divided into two chambers: Lords (having a dignity, title, or life right) and Commons (elected every five years). Parliament is very conservative. Its building contains all the legislation passed since the 15th century, and the UK Parliament logo includes symbols from the first centuries of the existence of Parliamentary power.

The first parliamentary convention was convened in 1215. Its appearance is connected with the Magna Carta, which gave the right to the rich inhabitants of England to participate with the king in the discussion of issues of state administration. Nobles, bishops, and representatives of each county attended the meetings. Starting with the royal council, the Parliament received more and more rights, limiting the sovereignty of the monarchs, and gradually took a dominant position, making the reign of the king formal.

Meaning and History

UK Parliament Logo History

What is UK Parliament?

The UK government body responsible for the development and adoption of laws has the power of impeachment. It has 659 members of the lower house and more than 600 members of the upper house. He sits at the Palace of Westminster.

Until 2018

Parliament.uk Logo before 2018

Until 2018, the emblem of the Parliament consisted only of the image of the fortress gate topped with the English crown. The exact date of appearance of the visual sign is unknown. But the painted regalia and symbols are quite ancient and demonstrate the deep historical roots of parliamentary government.

For example, the crown pattern used in the logo was in use even before the 15th century. Crosses and fleur-de-lis alternated on its battlements. They showed the unity of kings and God: each ruler was appointed by the Higher powers, acted with their approval, and gave an account only to Them.

The symbol of kings for the emblem was not chosen by chance. The annual Congress of the Parliament opens with the blessing of the reigning monarch. To do this, he must wear a crown. Parliament makes laws on behalf of the ruler. Therefore, the crown on the emblem is at the head.

Lower down the gate grate. Similar ones were installed at city entrances, fortresses, and castles. On the sides of the lattice is a schematic representation of the chains lowering the bridge to pass through the moat.

The image carries a multifaceted semantic load.

  1. Indicates the high position of members of Parliament. The composition included titled persons and knights. They owned castles and fortresses.
  2. Confirms the leadership role of the body. As after raising the bridge and lowering the grate, laws binding on all are valid within the city, and so are the documents adopted by the Parliament within the country.
  3. Alludes to the Palace of Westminster. Almost from its foundation, legislators gather in the Palace of Westminster, which they originally shared with the king, under his “wing.”
    The logo’s silhouette is similar to the face of a crowned person in a wig and symbolizes a member of Parliament since dukes and earls could also wear a crown. And they wore wigs to meetings.

2018 – today

UK Parliament Logo

English conservatism hampered logo changes for a long time. The decision to rebrand was made only when the image lost its relevance, and there were doubts about the meaning and belonging of the emblem. However, even during the renovation, they tried to preserve the original appearance as much as possible.

As a result, the image remained practically untouched. We changed the shape of the chain links, making them all rounded, and the lower spears of the lattice became sharper. The changes showed the reforms and renewals that had taken place in the House of Lords over the previous years. They allowed Parliament to work faster.

To the right of the emblem, a signature was added, indicating the ownership of the logo. The name of the UK Parliament was arranged in two levels. This shortened the length of the composition, making it more harmonious.

The abbreviation UK (United Kingdom) is in the first line. Below and smaller in size is the word Parliament in soft, rounded letters. This demonstrates the importance of England’s interests. And Parliament only serves and obeys these interests.

The placement of the primary image on the left indicates that history remains in the past and a renewed Parliament moves forward.

Font and Colors

UK Parliament Emblem

The logo’s main colors are black and lilac-violet (a shade of Martinique).

  • Black is used for the first emblem. By the time of the formation of Parliament and the adoption of the first legislative acts, color printing did not yet exist. Therefore, the use of black for the image is quite natural. It personifies power, dominance, strictness, and strict observance of the rules.
  • The updated version is made in a more friendly color scheme and conveys calmness, confidence, and wisdom.

UK Parliament Symbol

The lettering font is similar to Gardenia Bold.

UK Parliament color codes

Dark Byzantine Blue Hex color: #392e4e
RGB: 57 46 78
CMYK: 27 41 0 69
Pantone: PMS 669 C