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View of Tower Bridge in London. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Tower Bridge In London Celebrates 125 Year Anniversary

Every Blue Badge Tourist Guide in London knows the difference between London Bridge and Tower Bridge – but not all their clients do. London Bridge is on the site of the original Roman crossing of the River Thames. Rebuilt several times, the current London Bridge was opened by the Queen in 1973 when the previous one proved not strong enough to carry the heavy traffic crossing it.

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Swan Upping on the River Thames in London. Photo Credit: © Guy Fairbank.

Swan Upping: Counting the Crown’s Swans On The River Thames

Since time immemorial, the Vintners’ and Dyers’ companies, livery companies of the City of London, have shared the ownership of mute swans on the River Thames, along with the Sovereign. During July, the Queen’s Swan Marker, accompanied by the Vintners’ Swan Marker and Dyers’ Bargemaster, spend five days travelling 79 miles along the Thames.

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Four young women attending Royal Ascot at the prestigious Ascot racecourse in Berkshire. Photo Credit: © Ben Selway via Visit Britain.

Attending Royal Ascot And Exploring Windsor Castle

The highlight of the summer horse racing calendar is undoubtedly the Royal Meeting at Ascot, attended every day by Her Majesty the Queen. At the time of writing (late May) there were still some tickets available from £37. This year’s Royal Ascot will be held on 18th to 22nd June 2019.

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