So who does?
Having a childhood in Kent I ran into many swans and was also told they were the property of the Crown, a funny myth I never thought to question lol. Although I personally wouldn't avoid a swan because of any law, but because swans often take the law into their own hands
"Swan marks" sound super brutal to the swan. Fascinating history.
I'm in the US, so I won't face the wrath of the King for admitting that I once got in a fist fight with a swan while kayaking. I didn't really come out on top.
Fascinating information and a great read!
When I was at university, it seemed to be generally accepted that the only people in the UK who were allowed to eat swans, other than the Royal Family - and, I guess, the two companies which were allowed to own swans - were the fellows of my college (St John's College, Cambridge). Do you know whether there is any truth to that?