You’d probably only write to the Queen if you had a very specific favour to ask.
At least, that was one young girl’s motivation for penning a letter to the current monarch .
Five-year-old Lyndsay Simpson badly wants a pet swan – and who can blame her? Lyndsay had even gone as far as to decide where she’d keep them (the bath).
When it came to making her dream a reality, the youngster knew there was just one woman in the UK who can help with this request. After all, the Queen owns every swan in Britain , right?
Well, not quite.
Not only did Lyndsay get a reply, but it also debunked a common misconception about the Queen (and swans).
According to The Times, Jennie Vine, a deputy correspondence coordinator at the Palace, stated that the Queen had taken ‘careful note’ of Lyndsay’s request – but had some bad news for her.
”The Queen has asked me to thank you for your letter…from which Her Majesty has taken careful note of your comments regarding the keeping of swans as pets.”
”I should perhaps explain that it is a common misconception that The Queen owns all the swans in the United Kingdom .”
”Her Majesty owns mute swans and only exercises her right of ownership over swans on certain parts of the River Thames.”
”It should be remembered that as wild birds, swans now enjoy statutory protection.”
”The Queen was encouraged to know of your interest in the birdlife and thought it kind of you to write as you did.”
This sweet response – which Lyndsay was obviously overjoyed at receiving – also came with a booklet on swan upping.
When asked what she would have fed her swans, Lyndsay replied: “Whatever the Queen feeds her swans”.