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Royal Swan Upping

Type:Ceremony

Windsor, Berkshire
The Queen's Swan Marker and the accompanying Swan Uppers on the River Thames at Windsor

About

Swan Upping is the annual census of the swan population on stretches of the Thames in the counties of Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. This historic ceremony dates from the twelfth century, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans.

The Queen's Swan Marker and the accompanying Swan Uppers of the Vintners' and Dyers' Livery Companies use six traditional Thames rowing skiffs in their five-day journey upstream to Abingdon. By tradition, scarlet uniforms are worn by The Queen's Swan Marker and Swan Uppers, and each boat flies the appropriate flag and pennant.

Swan upping takes place during the third week in July and the observation points and times will be published as soon as they become available.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free admissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Provider Preferences

  • Outdoor Event

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Monday: Sunbury to Romney Lock (15 July 2019)
Tuesday: Eton Bridge to Marlow Lock (16 July 2019)
Wednesday: Marlow Bridge to Sonning Bridge (17 July 2019)
Thursday: Sonning-on-Thames to Moulsford (18 July 2019)
Friday: Moulsford to Abingdon Bridge (19 July 2019)

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