School Children in Henley-on-Thames are taking part in the annual census of swans on the River Thames. The Swan Upping has been officially cancelled for the first time in its 900 year history because of recent heavy rain fall.
The annual Swan Upping on the River Thames may have been cancelled for the first time in its 900 year history, but school children are still benefiting from the census.
They have been taking part in a special swan count, to learn about the tradition and the river's wildlife.
The Queen's Swan Maker David Barber gave a talk at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley on Thames.
Swan Upping, the annual census of the swan population on the River Thames, has been cancelled, because water levels on the River Thames are too high. The ceremony dates from the twelfth century and takes place during the third week of July every year.
6 participants in the Diamond Jubilee river pageant were taken to hospital after becoming very cold and wet, the ambulance service said. Another 40 were treated by medics on the banks of the Thames after the parade was beset by heavy downpours. Their conditions are not said to be serious.
Eastbourne's new lifeboat is ready to take part in the flotilla! She'll be in the Royal Squadron - the group of boats directly behind the Queen's barge.
The RNLI's brand new lifeboat "The Diamond Jubilee" is taking part in the royal pageant on the Thames. Following the event, the £2.7million vessel will be stationed at Eastbourne. It will be ready for active service along the Sussex coast by the end of the month.