For 65 Years, the Royal Mail has dismissed, disrespected, diminished, and damaged the Unionist View that Queen Elizabeth is the Second in Scotland too. Now that has to change!
Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne (6 February 1952) and was crowned (2 June 1953).
On the day of her accession, The Accession Council issued their Royal Proclamation that she was "Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of all Her other Realms and Territories".
Following this period – and at present we do not have exact dates, but we'd like to find them – a tiny band of Scottish Nationalists/Republicans attacked a handful of post boxes in Scotland which had the "EIIR" cipher on them.
Their excuse was that they objected to the styling of Elizabeth as "the Second", because Scotland had not previously had a Queen Elizabeth "the First". The first Elizabeth was only the Queen of England (1533-1603).
According to the rather sparse info on the Wikipedia site: "One particular pillar box in Edinburgh's Inch district was repeatedly vandalised with tar, paint and a hammer before being blown to pieces less than three months after its unveiling." (1)
Instead of continuing as normal, and encouraging the Police to find and arrest the tiny band of trouble makers, the Royal Mail disgracefully submitted to their demands.
Since 1953, new Post Boxes in Scotland have carried only the Scottish Crown – without the EIIR cypher.
This represented an astonishing concession to a terrorist incident which, for some reason (see below), has remained Royal Mail policy ever since!
Why the Nationalists and Republicans Hate the "EIIR" Styling
The "ER" bit reminds them of "Elizabeth Regina", and they don't want to be reminded of Queen Elizabeth!
The "II" bit says to them "the Second of the United Kingdom" and they don't want to be reminded of "the United Kingdom" when they walk down the street.
These are both things they oppose!
Of course, they want to push out any mention of Queen Elizabeth and the United Kingdom, from the public space in Scotland...because they are nationalists and republicans.
That is why they are against the cipher, not because they care about some "correct" (by their way of it) "styling" – as if they actually care about the styling of a Monarch whom they oppose anyway!
These people are simply against the United Kingdom, the British monarchy, and in particular Queen Elizabeth.
Maintaining the exclusion of "EIIR" from Scotland for 65 years – since 1953 – has most certainly been a victory for them against the United Kingdom and against pro-UK people in Scotland.
Why are we Talking about This Now?
According to the National newspaper of 18 August 2018, a Post Box with the EIIR cypher was recently erected in Dunoon.
One person complained, a local, long-time Scottish Nationalist and SNP candidate called Colin Stevenson. (2)
This man is well known as being part of the fundamentalist, paranoid, anti-British, uber-crank-Nat tendency. (3)
For example, listen to what he told the National: "I was absolutely taken aback when I saw it. I was confronted by something I thought had been consigned to the dustbin of history here in Scotland. I wanted something done with it, peacefully, and that seems to have happened. I thought I would never see these things again in Scotland. I'm an SNP member and a long-term independence supporter. I do wonder if this is the thin end of the wedge – I don't believe these things happen totally innocently." (4)
This is his reaction to seeing the legally and constitutional correct cipher of the British Monarch...in Scotland...in the United Kingdom:
"absolutely taken aback"
"consigned to the dustbin of history"
"wanted something done with it"
"never see these things again in Scotland"
"thin end of the wedge"
"don't believe these things happen totally innocently"
Unbelievably, he got his way and the Post Box was replaced within a few days (as reported in the National of 22-8-18). (5)
Who is this person to decide what does and does not get erected on the streets of our towns?
Who is this person to be taken seriously by the Royal Mail, and why should he have his anti-British desires catered to and his will done?
Why should a "Royal" British Institution as long-established and respected as the Royal Mail do his crazy bidding?
We were so outraged that the Royal Mail should jump to his whim, that we were prompted to do this research, and produce this article.
So, let us outline the Legal and Constitutional reason for the EIIR cypher in Scotland.
4 Reasons Why "EIIR" is the Correct Designation in Scotland
1. It is the Law of the United Kingdom that she is Queen Elizabeth "the Second" in Scotland
The Royal Titles Act 1953 gives the Queen the authority to call herself what she wants by way of "Her Royal Proclamation". Here is the relevant part:
Sec 1: "The assent of the Parliament of the United Kingdom is hereby given to the adoption by Her Majesty, for use in relation to the United Kingdom and all other the territories for whose foreign relations Her Government in the United Kingdom is responsible, of such style and titles as Her Majesty may think fit..." (6)
This she has done via the Royal Proclamation from The Accession Council on 6 February 1952.
2. The Prime Minister of the Day Explained the Constitutional Position
During this period of time, Winston Churchill was Prime Minister. He stated the view of his Government in the House of Commons, and this is the section from Hansard of 15-4-1953:
ROYAL STYLE AND TITLE
HC Deb 15 April 1953 vol 514 cc199-201 199
46. Lieut.-Colonel Elliot asked the Prime Minister whether, in advising the Sovereign to assume the title of Elizabeth II, he took into consideration the desirability of adopting the principle of using whichever numeral in the English or Scottish lines of Kings and Queens happens to be the higher.
The Prime Minister The decision to assume the title of Elizabeth II was of course taken on the advice of the Accession Council and the form of the proclamation was