"Swan-upping........" Windsor Local Custom Tip by gordonilla

Windsor Local Customs: 4 reviews and 4 photos

  The Queen's Swans
by gordonilla

This is a 5 day census that takes place annually - the intention is to confirm the number of swans on the River Thames. During this process, the Cygnets are weighed and examined for signs of injury.

The tradition of swan-upping dates back to the 12th century. The Royal Family retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water, HM the Queen only exercises her ownership rights on particular stretches of the Thames and it's tributaries. The ownership is shared with the Vintners' and Dyers' Livery Companies; they were granted these rights in the 15th century.

You should note that the Queen does infact have an employee (servant) with the jolly title of Swan Marker!

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  • Written Jul 20, 2005
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