Is the queen really allowed to eat swan?
Or is it a joke? Lol
- anne bLv 61 decade agoFavourite answer
Yes they belong to her.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
She was when she was crowned, like all her predecessors, but she isn’t any more.
In the Middle Ages, the mute swan (the main species of swan native to Britain) was declared a “royal bird”, which meant that the monarch owned all the swans in the kingdom, unless he chose to give some to anybody else. Over the centuries a few people and institutions were given the ownership of some swans; e.g. the Company of Dyers and the Company of Vintners of London, who each own a few families of swans on the Thames, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells (whose swans live in the moat of his palace at Wells, and for centuries have had the habit of ringing a bell on the palace wall when they want to be fed).
Mediaeval kings (and the Bishops of Bath and Wells, and the Dyers and the Vintners) did occasionally eat their swans. Feasts and banquets in the Middle Ages were at least as much for show and prestige as they were about eating well. People wanted to serve their guests really pizzazzy dishes, even if they didn’t taste all that good; a favourite was roast peacock sewn back into its skin after cooking and presented with its tail displayed, even though there’s not much meat on a peacock, and one old enough to have grown a good-looking tail will be tough as an army boot as well. (I know someone who rears them.) A whole swan looked just as good, with the added cachet of being Something Nobody Else Was Allowed To Have, even if it did taste of pondweed and old fish.
When the current queen came to the throne she was legally entitled to eat her swans, though I don’t know if she ever actually did. However, since then legislation has been passed in Britain protecting mute swans as an endangered species, so although she still owns them it’s no longer legal for her to kill them.
- BeastieLv 71 decade ago
Yes; legally every swan in the UK belongs to her.
The swans view on this is not recorded.
Swan, as it happens, will taste much the same as goose. The only way anyone other than the reigning Monarch is allowed to eat one is if it dies of natural causes or in an accident. Even then, you are supposed to report the fact that you've found a dead swan to the police if you plan on taking it home and giving it a warm send off.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
All the swans in England are owned by the Queen or by the Vintners or Dyers.
Every year, boats of each owner go up the Thames to mark the new cygnets.
It is called "Swan Upping" and happens every July.
- LillyBLv 71 decade ago
The Queen doesn't own all the swans only the Mute Swans and yes she could eat one if she chose to do so.
- morning starLv 51 decade ago
This comes from the fact that the Queen owns the swans in the kingdom. I doubt whether she would want to eat one, or contend with the public outcry if she did
- 1 decade ago
Hypothetically the queen would be allowed to eat mute swans as, according to constitution, she owns these but I think there would be a great deal of outrage if she did.
- DANIEL WLv 71 decade ago
Technically yes. Swans belong to the Queen in the UK and have rings put round their legs whilst they are still cygnets. It's done very, very carefully as Swans will attack with lethal force if they believe their young are being endangered.
As she owns them she can officially have one slaughtered and served up but I doubt it's done especially with other poultry more readily available.