noted earlier, the Scots don't allow any E II R cyphers on their post boxes because the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is not the second monarch called Elizabeth to reign over Scotland. In fact, the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I never reigned over Scotland, and it was her lack of an heir that led to King James of Scotland simultaneously taking the English throne upon Elizabeth I's death, making him King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England. This historical development led to the case of MacCormick v Lord Advocate and the Pillar Box War - the latter essentially being a campaign of vandalism - following Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne in 1952. As a result, it took me nearly a year of residence in the United Kingdom before I saw a post box featuring the E II R cypher. Ginger Magic found the whole thing particularly fascinating as I was explaining it to her back in July.
It's a difficult controversy for me to understand. As much as I value the Scots' independent spirit, my study of more than two hundred years of American history have taught me that unified countries are stronger when they embrace their commonalities, rather than emphasizing their differences. As much as I want to sympathize with the Scots on this, and encourage them to honor their history as much as the history of the United Kingdom itself (of which they are currently an integral and important part, despite what the Yes(!) campaign's claims), the idea that they can't accept post boxes with Queen Elizabeth's cypher on it seems sort of ridiculous to me. Then again, I have yet to meet a Scot who can wrap their head around the Second Amendment, so I guess we all have our cognitive challenges to overcome.
At any rate, that completes my collection. Or does it? Perhaps there are a few more tidbits... Stay tuned.