It may be politically incorrect for the British royal insignia to persist in Hong Kong after the territory returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.
A police spokeswoman caused a stir earlier this month after she was seen wearing a regulation cap with the colonial badge. She said it was a mistake, and promptly changed her cap.
But the royal crown can still be seen on post boxes all over the territory.
Among the 1,143 post boxes located in various districts of the city, 59 carry the royal insignia, according to the Hongkong Post.
“From an environmental protection perspective, we will continue to use and maintain the post boxes with crowns,” Aubrey Au, a spokeswoman for the Hongkong Post, told EJ Insight in a phone interview.
Hong Kong people welcome the presence of these post boxes, which have remained sturdy through the decades, Au said.
“It’s not right to say that having the royal crown on the post boxes is politically incorrect,” she said, adding that many coins in currency still bear the Queen’s face.
Au said the post office will try its best to preserve these post boxes and will only replace them if they are seriously damaged or no longer meet the growing demand of mail senders.
There hasn’t been any replacement of the post boxes in the past few years.
Hongkong Post plans to put up an exhibition of old post boxes, which it has kept in warehouses.
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