Census meets pomp and ceremony as a UK flotilla counts Queen Elizabeth II's many swans

July 15, 2014 10:34 AM

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Census meets pomp and ceremony as a UK flotilla counts Queen Elizabeth II's many swans

WINDSOR, England – The white, long-necked swan gliding along the River Thames looks serene, but his life is full of danger. If the sharp-toothed mink don't get him or his brood, then floods, fish hooks or hooligans with air rifles might.

One of the British monarch's many titles is Seigneur of the Swans — Lord of the Swans — and by ancient tradition she owns all mute swans found in Britain's open waters. In practice, she only exercises that right along the Thames, and every year she sends a flotilla of emissaries in rowing boats to c...

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