Swan Upping Ceremony

The Queen's Swan Marker David Barber (C) lifts up a cygnet to another of the Queen's Swan Uppers during the annual Swan Upping ceremony on the River Thames July 15, 2013. Young cygnets are counted and swans and cygnets are assessed for signs of injury or disease during the ceremony. The five-day census of the swan population dates back to the twelfth century when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans.

( Luke MacGregor/Reuters / July 14, 2013 )

The Queen's Swan Marker David Barber (C) lifts up a cygnet to another of the Queen's Swan Uppers during the annual Swan Upping ceremony on the River Thames July 15, 2013. Young cygnets are counted and swans and cygnets are assessed for signs of injury or disease during the ceremony. The five-day census of the swan population dates back to the twelfth century when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans.

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