He captures some my own feelings about the family that I expressed yesterday. This was from a year ago at the time of the latest wedding involving that bunch of parasites.
I did not know until he said so that all the swans in England are owned by the Queen unless they have a special mark which shows that you have purchased the right to own one from the Queen.
Today, it’s rare for swan to be served, but for hundreds of years in England, eating swan was a mark of status. No one could own or eat one without paying the monarchy for the privilege, and an elaborate system of marks developed to track swan rights. By default, though, the king or queen owned the country’s swans, and that’s still true: Any unmarked swans swimming in the open waters of England belong to the Queen.
Swans were considered royal fowl, but by the beginning of the 15th century, wealthy people could buy the right to own, sell, and eat them. If you wanted to keep swans on your property (a right reserved for those who had property to begin with), you had to buy an expensive “swan mark” from the king, which you’d carve or brand into the beaks of your swans.
This tradition of royal swan ownership carries on today, though: The Queen still owns every unmarked mute swan—the white-feathered bird with a knob on its orange beak, the bird that you most likely think of when you think “swan”—on England’s open waters.
So the royal family are not just greedy parasites, they are bunch of weird, swan-owning, greedy parasites.