I spent a wonderful weekend with Aunt Jemima. Aunt J lives on the Thames and reliably informed me that on Monday 18th July the annual Royal Swan Upping will commence along the River.
A British summer tradition which takes place every third week of July. Its roots trace back to the 12th Century. For five days, the Queens’ Swan Maker and Swan Uppers travel from Sunbury to Abingdon, counting the number of young cygnets and checking them for signs of injury or disease! This fine tradition maintains the population of the birds along the River Thames.
However, Aunt J revealed it was started for very different purposes. During Medieval times The Crown declared ownership over all of the Mute swan species across the British Isles as they were served on the dinner table at feasts and banquets.
Whilst we sat down to a succulent joint of fine Aberdeen Angus, as a feast of swans wasn’t available. This got me thinking about the many other summer traditions and events which one attends. Be it weddings, garden parties and sporting events, to name but a few. As for myself, I recently attended the Henley Royal Regatta and had the privilege of being in the steward’s enclosure, which of course meant that I was wearing the traditional blazer, shirt and tie. In homage to the event I also wore these silver canoe cufflinks, which set off my navy blazer perfectly.
We must also keep in mind that this is British summer time, so although the weather may not always to be up to standard, it is good to know that you can rely on your cufflinks to brighten up your outfit instead!