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Uproar over coronation postbox unveiled outside Owain Glyndŵr pub

03 May 2023 3 minute read
Tom Wren/Royal Mail

There has been uproar from members of the public following the unveiling of a specially decorated Royal Mail postbox outside the Owain Glyndŵr pub in Cardiff.

The postbox outside the iconic pub named after the leader of a revolt against established English authority in Wales, is one of four boxes painted with a Union Jack and the coronation’s official emblem.

The other three special boxes can be found in Westminster, Edinburgh and Northern Ireland.

The Welsh rebel, Owain Glyndŵr, led a fifteen year revolt to end English rule in Wales during the Late Middle Ages and was the last man, born and raised in Wales, to have the title of Prince of Wales.

During his fight for Welsh independence he seized a number of walled towns and castles which the English had built in Wales.

Welsh legend states that if Wales is ever in need of him, Owain Glyndŵr will return to free his people.

Image: Tom Wren/Royal Mail

Outrage

Following the unveiling of the red, white and blue postbox, Twitter users voiced their outrage over the box’s location nearby the historical pub named after the Welsh hero in Cardiff.

One Twitter user said: “Right outside Owain Glyndŵr. There we are then.”

Another said: “I’ll try not to let my dog cock his leg up on it.”

Multiple commentators also predicted the postbox will be vandalised before King Charles’ coronation on Saturday.

One Twitter user said: “Royal Mail has unveiled a blank canvas for pro-independence graffiti in Cardiff.”

Another said: “There’s a Coral’s close by. Decent odds on that postbox being trashed before Saturday I’d reckon.”

Postmark

The set is based on newly-commissioned wood engravings by artist Andrew Davidson.

Royal Mail is also applying for a special postmark to be stamped on letters in honour of the royal occasion.

It will read: “Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla 6 May 2023”, and run from April 28 until May 10.

David Gold, director of external affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said: “The coronation of their majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla is a momentous occasion and one that will be celebrated across UK.

“We are proud to mark such a historic event and to offer our warmest congratulations to the King and Queen.”

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said: “The coronation of Charles III is going to be a huge historic moment for the UK and one that will be celebrated with a weekend packed with different ways for people to get involved.

“Our postboxes are recognised the world over as an iconic symbol of Britain and these four iconic unique coronation postboxes will leave a lasting royal legacy in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Royal Hillsborough.”


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Riki
Riki
9 months ago

Absolute Monsters! Nothing is ever enough, they will be rubbing our faces in it for the next 500 years if we let them.

Frank
Frank
9 months ago

This has obviously done on purpose to cause trouble. Whoever sanctioned this is a 💩 stirrer and he, she or them should be removed from office immediately. It’s goading like this that causes riots in the streets.

Bob
Bob
9 months ago

Ych a fi. Odds on it still looking like that on Coronation Day?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
9 months ago

It’s the English monarchy & establishment being the insensitive passive aggressive mafia that they most certainly are.

They did similar on Owain Glyndwr Day when adulterer Charles visited Wales on his publicalky funded annual jolly. It’s his & their way of saying, we control you and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Last edited 9 months ago by Y Cymro
Frank
Frank
9 months ago

This is inciting trouble. If it does cause trouble we all know who will be blamed. I’ll give you a clue, it won’t be the person/s who decided to blatantly decorate that particular postbox.

Y Llydawr
Y Llydawr
9 months ago

Beth ydi hwna?! Hysbyseb ar gyfer y past dannedd Colgate?

George Bodley
George Bodley
9 months ago

I hear pillar box red is good ,especially in spray form ,covers very well.

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
9 months ago

Somebody in Cardiff do feel free to paint that post box red, white and green. Also feel free to draw an arrow on the ground to the Owain Glyndŵr pub. I mean you don’t have to do the second part but, every little helps 😉

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
9 months ago

Don’t you just love these people. They, and their ilk, seem to do whatever it takes to make Welsh independence a reality. Of all the letter boxes in Cardiff, why this one?

Aled Rees
Aled Rees
9 months ago

are nurses in Wales on strike?are teachers in wales on strike?stop trying to change the narative.the royals and their sychophantic supporters are insensative control freaks.it will be interesting to see how long this box survives.

J.W. Soares Jones
9 months ago

Owain Glyndwr is MY Prince!

Cawr
Cawr
9 months ago

You know he wouldn’t.

Mwnci
Mwnci
9 months ago

Someone wrap an Y Ddraig Aur flag round it please.

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Riki
Riki
9 months ago

Although you speak truth, in parts. You and I both know he wouldn’t. After all, he did spend 15 years trying to expel the English out of Wales. If he hadn’t taken the title of Prince of Wales into hiding, the English would have legal authority over Wales, akin to Scotland. And if that had happened, we as a separate culture would not exist today. He was the last true Prince of Wales, and the last British monarch who had any resemblance of legal authority over Wales. More so than any Tudor ever had, or the later Stuart’s and Germans.

Brechdan Wncomunco
9 months ago
Reply to  Riki

I can’t understand why Glyndwr fought for England against Scotland.

Riki
Riki
9 months ago

Mate, in those days, people fought for whoever payed enough. The Britons were famous all over Europe for being mercenaries, let’s not act like he was the only one. What matters is that he eventually realised that if he didn’t do anything about how his countrymen were being treated, nobody would! Many people often wake up to what really matters late in life. He fought the English for nigh on 15 years! That’s worth something surely?

Hogyn y Gogledd
Hogyn y Gogledd
9 months ago

Red, white and blue flags everywhere.

Just like in Russian-occupied territories.

Riki
Riki
9 months ago

Sadly ironic isn’t it that so many Welsh who believe Ukraine deserves it’s independence are the very same ones who refuse to give Wales the same. Really does make you wonder!

Frank
Frank
9 months ago
Reply to  Riki

Yes, it does make you wonder.

Gary Street
Gary Street
9 months ago
Reply to  Riki

dream on

Mawkernewek
9 months ago

How dare they go about all this flagwaving? Don’t they realize they’ve been privatised so there is nothing Royal about them?

Malcolm Jones
Malcolm Jones
9 months ago

And to think some people are going to have street party’s for that man the way he treated his wife he is nothing but a very cruel adultery and also Camilla why do people bow down to them GOD HELP the country when the king has no morals what a example too the young people

Gwyn Hopkins
Gwyn Hopkins
9 months ago

Deliberately choosing to place the Coronation Post Box outside the Owain Glyndŵr Pub in Cardiff shows the derision of the English Establishment for Wales knows no bounds. Let’s hope that it motivates many people in Wales to reject every one of the 22 essentially foreign, fake, so-called Princes of Wales and to fly the flag of Owain Glyndŵr, the last authentic, native Prince of Wales (as well as the Red Dragon). However, the contempt shown by the appearance of this Post Box and a number of other current, despicable acts is sure to continue until the “Independence for Wales” campaign gets a… Read more »

David Rowe
David Rowe
9 months ago

The Crown still showing they are the ones who oppress the Welsh people.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
9 months ago
Reply to  David Rowe

I seem to recall that many years ago some small terrorist group (cannot recall who they were) used to set fire to letter boxes like that (in England). I recall that because one that was fired up I had used to send off the cheque for my VED. I had write a second cheque but did get the charred remains back from the Post Office as they were then. It would be a real shame if the blazing pillar box returned to our streets in Cymru.

Frank
Frank
9 months ago
Reply to  Peter Cuthbert

Wink wink 😜

R W
R W
9 months ago

Anyone got a bulldozer to hand!?

Julie Jones
Julie Jones
9 months ago

Strategically placed. They know what they are doing. The Brit Establishment has spread their excrement, now they’ll have lots of satisfaction rubbing it in.

Riki
Riki
9 months ago
Reply to  Julie Jones

No, not Brit. English! The Britons were first used to describe the people the English call Welsh. The term “Welsh” more adequately fits the English than the people of Wales.

Jason Bowen
Jason Bowen
9 months ago

Wel duw duw,

The postbox isnt even in Welsh.

CapM
CapM
9 months ago

After a check on the locations of post boxes in central Caerdydd it looks like only two were perhaps suitable candidates for this tarting up. That is in locations with plenty of pedestrian access rather than being roadside. The one that has been chosen and the other in Queen Street. Maybe those familiar with central Caerdydd can confirm one way or the other.

Finn Aptomos.
Finn Aptomos.
9 months ago

Carlo the 3rd is not my King and the English can carry on with their fiasco LOL Ni yma o hyd, Meibion Glyndwr.

Matthew Anderson
Matthew Anderson
9 months ago

It looks great and makes me proud to be British as well as a Welshman

JAD
JAD
9 months ago

Looks even better with the collection of stickers it has since acquired.

A.Redman
A.Redman
9 months ago

Is there a Welsh Postal Service for those not wanting to use The Royal Mail?

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
9 months ago

I did wonder at first if it was naivety that led them to put it in this particular location, but now incline to the view that the site was deliberately chosen to assert some sort of authority in the light of a nearby pub named after Owain Glyndwr. Expect more stickers.

Rob
Rob
9 months ago

Respect works both ways. If the British establishment does not respect the Welsh nation then why should we respect the British establishment?

Gareth Westacott
9 months ago

Hardly ‘uproar’ – it’s still there, intact and unsullied (except for a few stickers – and you can find them on any lampost). If there really was uproar it would have been uprooted while the cement was still wet and dumped in the Taff!

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