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Queen Elizabeth Owns Many Swans And Dolphins, And Not Only In The UK. How Come?

Date December 27, 2018 14:27

Elizabeth II, like most members of the royal family, loves animals with all her heart. Her biggest weakness, in particular, are corgis – the Welsh breed of shepherd dogs. They have even become a symbol of the royal family. It is believed that over the past 70 years, the monarchy has 'raised' about 30 dogs of this breed.

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The first puppy appeared in Elizabeth's life back in 1933, when she was approximately 7 years old. And on her 18th birthday, the princess was presented with her own pet she named Susan. Since then, more than 14 generations of corgis have passed in the family of the Queen. Her dogs were free to move throughout the territory of the Palace, accompanied their 'mom' during the walks in the park and even lived in her own room.

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Also, these cuties helped her communicating with other people – even an unpleasant or a difficult conversation could turn into a casual talk about the puppies.

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Horses are another passion of the Queen. Unlike her children and grandchildren, she did not participate in sports competitions, but she always found some time for horse riding.

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This is by no means all the pets of the Elizabeth II. As the reigning monarch, she literally owns countless swans, whales, dolphins, and fish from the family of sturgeon in the country. What has caused such an unusual choice of hers, and does she even have the right to own these animals?

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The swan is a symbol of the British royal family. For several centuries, all unmarked swans 'flying at liberty' in certain parts of the Thames and the surrounding tributaries, belonged to the crown at the legislative level in order to preserve their population. An interesting fact: In the XII century, this species was considered very valuable due to the excellent taste of the meat. Only a noble person could afford it back then. However, with a high probability, there may be specialized farms for breeding the swans for commercial purposes in Britain.

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In the document dating back to 1324, it is also enshrined that the monarch is the actual owner of dolphins, whales, and sturgeons in the 5 km coastal zone, as well as individuals that naturally fall ashore. This does not mean that the trade of fish of this family is prohibited in the UK. Once the sturgeons get to the port, they go on sale in the usual way. But there is one tradition: The customer or the buyer cooperating with the fishermen, asks them for permission to take the goods on behalf of the Queen herself.

The situation with dolphins and whales is pretty much the same as with swans: Many individuals are in the area of protection of the monarch in order to preserve their diversity. Yet, they also were used for food in the past.

 

Although the contemporary cultural values between us and the British are quite similar, there are traditions that are quite hard to comprehend. One of them is the monarch's right to own swans or dolphins.But in fact, the explanation for this phenomenon is really simple, isn't it? What was your first idea about the reason behind such an odd tradition? Why would the Queen need so many exotic pets?

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