I got a new one a year ago, just as Covid was starting. At least it's a proper burgundy coloured one!My EU passport runs out in February, but I applied for the new passport back in November, just in case I was able to book something for Jan/Feb (I think I had a glimmer of hope back then!), so I’ve wasted 3/4 months of it, but I’m glad I’ve got it now so I’m ready to book something as soon as it’s possible and safe.
It was £75 as well.
Not sure I see the fuss of it being blue, it’s just a passport. Hopefully I’ll actually be able to use it before it runs out!
Due to age, I also had to renew my driving licence and replace it with a photocard within the last few weeks: that was received within a few days (well under a week) and thankfully this has a nice blue rectangle with a circle of stars on it. It doesn't really matter of course other than it is a momento of what we once had.