In Insular Brythonic mythology
, and especially in Britain
was the patron goddess of the early British Celtic
tribes. In more recent tradition, she is viewed as the personification of Great Britain
. On British coins
, she first appeared on the farthing
, followed by the halfpenny later the same year, on the penny
coin between 1797
, and on the 50 pence
coin since 1969
Classical Romans referred to the island of Britain and to the various administrative provinces they set up there using the name Britannia. (See Roman Britain.)
Britannia is also the name of a charter airline company that flies out of London, Liverpool and Manchester to many sunspots worldwide. It uses Boeing 757 and 767 planes to transport its passengers.
Britannia can refer to the Royal Yacht Britannia.