Queen Elizabeth Calls For Swan Count

07/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

LONDON (Reuters) - Quiet please -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth is preparing to have her swans counted.

Buckingham Palace has announced that the annual Swan Upping, a tradition dating back to the 12th century which involves a census of the swan population on the River Thames, will be conducted by the queen's official Swan Marker from July 20-24.

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