Royal Tradition: Counting the swans on the River Thames

LONDON — The annual count of swans belonging to Queen Elizabeth II has begun on the River Thames. The five-day event known as Swan Upping dates back to the 12th Century and began as a ritual to ensure there were enough swans for feasting. Now it is more about conservation. The British monarch traditionally claims…

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