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why do swans belong to the queen

The swan is a symbol of the British royal family. The dolphin is the symbol of a losing football team based out of Miami, Florida. The former and the latter donБt seem to have too much in common, yet they do. The Queen of England owns a whole lot of both. First, the birds. Due to a little bit of medieval legislation, the Queen co-owns all unmarked mute swans on Бcertain stretches of the Thames and its surrounding tributaries,Б according to. бEach year, the Swan Upping is held in the third week of July to establish the ownership of each swan in the Thames and also to catalog the population for conservation purposes. Here s an excerpt from the royal familyБs website on the tradition:
БAs early as the twelfth century, the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans in the country because the birds were highly valued as a delicacy at banquets and feasts.

In the fifteenth century, The Worshipful Company of Dyers and The Worshipful Company of Vintners were given the right to own swans on the River Thames. They have maintained their swan marks to the present day and therefore share ownership of mute swans on the River Thames with The Queen. Б In short, if a swan has not been specifically claimed by the Dyers or Vintners, it belongs to the Queen. б Now, the dolphins. , a 1324 United Kingdom statute established that Бthe King shall have whales and sturgeons taken in the sea or elsewhere within the realm. Б The statute was never repealed and still holds true to this day, and by the official definition of Бroyal fish,Б this blanket law extends to porpoises and dolphins as well.

The nitty gritty of the rule is as follows: If a royal fish is caught within three miles of a U. K. coastline or if they wash ashore, they may be claimed on behalf of the Royal family. But wait, corgis arenБt fish б? More:, If the Queen owns the swans in the UK, who does in the USA? There are no swans left in the States. The hawks got those too. Bill Gates. A lot of us would like to see Mute Swans gone from this country since they're not native and, well, they're mean critters. So, I guess in the end, the answer to your question is the museums to which the swans were donated after being shot. Now, Tundra and Trumpeter Swans are under the care of the International Migratory Bird Treaty Act. For what it's worth, it isn't quite true that the queen owns all the swans in the country.

More can be read here: http://www. royal. gov. uk/output/Page384. asp Unless her ancestors actually accepted the declaration of American independece she still does as the Swans didn't have a say, being mute. The Queen does not own the swans now I bought the rights to hunt them on ebay. The Queen just gets royalties. Of course we have " Live " Swans in the U. S. , we keep them at Disneyland! Actually we have 2 on the lake where my house is but being free from tyranny, they are their own to do as they please though they are under the protection of U. S. Wildlife Fish and Game Department and may not be harmed. If that were not so I am sure that Michelle Obama would claim and protect them. She is a nice lady! CHEERS!

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