21st December 2022

On the Seventh day of Christmas

My true love gave to to me, seven swans a swimming …

The Australian Women’s Weekly, 24th November 1976 page 97.

Roast swan was a favored dish at feasts in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Swans have been the property of the Crown since around the twelfth century, going into law in 1482. Currently, Great Britain’s royals are still allowed to eat swan, as are the fellows of St. John’s College of Cambridge, but due to changes in sentiment, no longer do. Apparently they taste like wild duck.

The Herald (Melbourne), 4th February 1937 page 36.

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