What is wrong with this picture?

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Mum and I have passed this way several times before. Today was the first time I noticed something a little odd. Note the postbox. Why yes, it’s green. Not surprising really, we’re in Ireland after all. Check it out though, there is a crown and ER. Like Elizabeth Regina. Which doesn’t make much sense because this has been the Republic since 1949 and Lizzie has been Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. She was never queen over this area. It took a while to sink in. There were two ERs in the last century other than Elizabeth, albeit brief reigns. Edward VII (1901-1910) and Edward VIII (1936) both could have had mailboxes here. This box has survived, right or wrong, with reference to the oppressive crown from the turn of the last century. Wacky eh?

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