Royal Victorian Order for 21 years of service

April 24, 2014

According to Bucks Free Press:

The Queen’s Royal Swan Marker has been awarded a personal gift from the Monarch after 21 years’ service to the cause.

David Barber received the Royal Victorian Order from Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his long involvement with the centuries-old tradition of Swan Upping.

A Queen's Swan Upper with a mute swan during 2010 Swan Upping at Henley. Photo by Bill Tyne.

A Queen’s Swan Upper with a mute swan during 2010 Swan Upping at Henley. Photo by Bill Tyne.

Royal Swan Upping dates back to the 12th century, and involves rounding up and marking every mute swan, which historically remain the property of the reigning British Monarch.

…Mr Barber was born in Marlow and has worked on the River Thames all his life. His marine business is based at Cookham on Thames…

To read the entire article in Bucks Free Press, please click here.

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