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  1. The Monarch owns all unmarked mute swans in open water in the UK, but only exercises ownership on certain stretches and tributaries of the River Thames around Windsor. The annual Swan Upping on the Thames rounds up all the unmarked swans and marks them. The reason goes back centuries to when swans were a prized dish to be eaten so the monarch claimed them – as you would if you were a monarch! Only three other companies are allowed to own swans, these are Abbotsbury Swannery, the Vintners, and the Dyers – ownership dating from the 14th century. Their swans have a unique mark on their beaks denoting ownership: all unmarked swans are, by default, owned by the Queen.

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  2. They’re a fabulous sight when you see them in such numbers. A ‘ballet’ of swans, so Google tells me, though I think bevy is more common. But then, the Queen’s swans wouldn’t be common, would they? 🙂 🙂

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  3. Thank you, I’m glad you liked the photograph. Blue skies would have made it better but we can’t always have these in the UK.

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