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Annual counting of the Queen’s swans, known as ‘Swan Upping’ takes place

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By ITN News Editor July 17, 2018 18:33

Annual counting of the Queen’s swans, known as ‘Swan Upping’ takes place

The annual census of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s swans on the River Thames has taken place since the twelfth century, and the colourful tradition known as Swan Upping continued. The Queen’s Swan Marker, wearing a swan feather in his hat and dressed in a scarlet coat, leads six traditional wooden row boats up the river as they count and measure swans and cygnets, checking them for any injuries. It takes them five days to cover the stretch of the Thames between Sunbury near London out to Abingdon near Oxford, travelling a total of 79 miles. They count all the adult swans and tag and monitor the health of cygnets by weighing them and checking in their mouths.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 17, 2018 18:33

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