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.
It's a little sad that Reuters can't actually get the title right: she's not "Britain's" Queen. She is Queen of England and Wales and she is also Queen of Scotland: or you can call her the Queen of the United Kingdom....but these are not all the same thing as "Britain".
But it is true that swans are a royal bird: very bad form indeed to try and eat one unless she says you may.