A great set of “country definitives” from Royal Mail, representing Scotland.
Country: United Kingdom
Date: Received in May 2013
From left to right:
- 1st class: Lion Rampant of Scotland (this is the Royal Standard of Scotland, first used in 1222 – Wikipedia)
- 2nd class: The Saltire (Saint Andrew’s Cross, the national flag of Scotland, read more about it here)
- 88p: Thistle (the national emblem of Scotland – want to know why, and what it might have to do with barefoot Norse invaders? Read more about it here)
- 128p: Tartan (uniquely Scottish, read more about it here)
The stamps on this cover have not been cancelled. This is quite common for post received from the UK. Royal Mail have automated much of the postal process, and sometimes it doesn’t work as intended.
Scotland is one of three countries in Great Britain, and one of four in the United Kingdom. However, in 2014, the people of Scotland will vote in a referendum for the Independence of Scotland (from the United Kingdom). A simple yes or no vote. The vote doesn’t extend to all Scots, but to all people living in Scotland.
To find out more about Scottish icons, such as bagpipes, tartan, and whisky, go to the Visit Scotland website.
Thanks to my nephew Tommy for this cover.