Queen’s swans culled after bird flu outbreak on the Thames

Vets had the unfortunate task of putting down 26 of the swans on the Thames after six were pulled from the river earlier in January

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A number of Her Majesty’s swans have been culled at Windsor to stop bird flu from spreading.

Vets had the unfortunate task of putting down 26 of the swans on the Thames after six were pulled from the river earlier in January.

Government officials at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs called a vet to cull this swan a mere mile from Windsor Castle, reported The Sun.

Although annual swan counts have faced disruption during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is believed around 200 swans are in a 3km ‘at risk’ area.

The Queen’s Swan Marker David Barber has informed Her Majesty who is said to be “saddened” and asked to be kept “fully updated”.

Swan Support’s Wendy Hermon, 52, said: “It is a nightmare and could end up a disaster.

"I know the Queen always shows great concern for her flock of swans.”

The Queen owns all unmarked mute swans in England and Wales and her official title is Seigneur of the Swans.