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The Thames Valley Sights

Swan-Upping

  • Festival–Sight

Updated 05/28/2014

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This traditional event, which dates back 800 years, takes place in Marlow during the third week of July. By bizarre ancient laws, the Queen owns the country's swans, so each year swan-markers in skiffs start from Sunbury-on-Thames, catching the new cygnets and marking their beaks to establish ownership. The Queen's Swan Marker, dressed in scarlet livery, presides over this colorful ceremony.

Sight Information

Address:

Marlow, England

Phone:

01628-523030

Website: www.royal.gov.uk

Updated 05/28/2014

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