Once a year, a team of the Queen’s loyalest consorts embark on a five-day trip up the River Thames, to count and check the health of the river’s swans. From the 18th to the 22nd of July, the red-coated gentleman will set forth on their rickety wooden boats to undertake this most ancient of traditions.
Since the 12th century, all swans in Britain have been the property of Monarch. In not too distant history, killing a swan could lead to deportation for seven years or hard labour. Here’s a little video, explaining the tradition. Make yourself a cuppa, take a seat, and enjoy!