“Atavistic, bizarre, but wonderful” - the Queen is at it again!

Royal weddings, the changing of the guard—the British are well-known for their elaborate traditions. But one tradition you may not have heard of is perhaps the most unique. This annual ceremony involves catching mute swans on the Thames, so the Queen can claim those swans that rightfully belong to the Crown. (Photo by Philip Allfrey, shared under CC SA-B 3.0).


Britain's Queen is countering her swans in a ritual with much poop and circumstance

By William Booth

The Washington Post

July 20, 2018

Also read last year's -

Also Swan Upping:” Inside the 800-year-old British tradition of catching swans for the Queen

By Rob Price

Business Insider

July 20, 2017

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