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Swan census on River Thames

2011-07-19 10:51:00 GMT2011-07-19 18:51:00(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A cygnet's head is measured during the annual swan census or "Swan Upping" on the River Thames in south-east England, on Monday, July 18, 2011. (AFP Photo)

Swans are captured on the River Thames in southeast England on Monday, July 18, during "Swan Upping." (AFP Photo)

Swans are captured during the annual "Swan Upping" on the River Thames in southeast England, on Monday, July 18, 2011. (AFP Photo)

Swans are captured during the annual "Swan Upping" on the River Thames in southeast England, on Monday, July 18, 2011. (AFP Photo)

Swans are captured during the annual "Swan Upping" on the River Thames in southeast England, on Monday, July 18, 2011. (AFP Photo)

Swans are captured during the annual "Swan Upping" on the River Thames in southeast England, on Monday, July 18, 2011. (AFP Photo)

Swans were captured and measured during the annual swan census or "Swan Upping" on the River Thames in south-east England, the UK, on Monday, July 18, 2011.

The historic ceremony dates from the 12th century, when the crown claimed ownership of all mute swans and passes through Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

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