The Queen goes Swan Upping–what the heck is Swan Upping?

Swan Upping‘ this week.  Great, wtf is swan upping? swan-upping-banner Apparently about 800 years ago the Monarchy declared ownership of all untagged Mute Swans on the Thames.  Every year these Swan counters go up and down the river claim what is rightfully the property of her Majesty.  Of course they no longer take them for dinner or funny hats, it’s more of a census that is used for environmental purposes. This year the Queen will be joining the count, along with several school children.   This is actually the first time she’s watched the census.  Guess she was too busy. Anyway, for those in England here is where you can see the count. Monday, 20 July 2009 Eton Bridge to Cookham Tuesday, 21 July 2009 Cookham to Marlow Lock Wednesday, 22 July 2009 Marlow Bridge to Sonning Bridge Thursday, 23 July 2009 Sonning-on-Thames to Moulsford Friday, 24 July 2009 Moulsford to Abingdon Bridge]]>

4 thoughts on “The Queen goes Swan Upping–what the heck is Swan Upping?”

  1. Upping is the opposite of downing. I don’t know whether downing means euthanizing the swans or just pulling out their feathers for the royal bedding, but it’s such a big deal that the English named a street after it.

  2. Upping is the opposite of downing. I don’t know whether downing means euthanizing the swans or just pulling out their feathers for the royal bedding, but it’s such a big deal that the English named a street after it.

  3. Upping is the opposite of downing. I don’t know whether downing means euthanizing the swans or just pulling out their feathers for the royal bedding, but it’s such a big deal that the English named a street after it.

  4. Upping is the opposite of downing. I don’t know whether downing means euthanizing the swans or just pulling out their feathers for the royal bedding, but it’s such a big deal that the English named a street after it.

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