The practical and ceremonial swan upping takes place this year July 15-19 on specific areas of the Thames. If you are in London pop over to watch.
The skiffs go out and mark the swans it is a swan census of sorts. The Queen attended swan upping for the first time in 2009 and it was also the first time a sitting monarch had attended in centuries.
Swans used to be food for the royal table--no longer-- but the practice of swan upping is now for education and census and conservation of the swans. For more information and a detailed schedule go here:
Have a Pink day!