Disappearance of one of the legendary ravens of the Tower of London

AFP, published on Thursday January 14, 2021 at 2:56 p.m.

The queen of the crows of the Tower of London is missing, lamented Thursday his master, hastening to specify that seven birds still live on the site, essential condition to prevent the fall of the kingdom, according to the legend.

Merlina, described as a bird with an independent character, has not been seen for several weeks within the walls of this historic fortress which borders the north bank of the Thames.

This is worrying news because according to a firmly rooted legend, if all the crows were to leave the tower, the kingdom “would collapse” and the country would be “plunged into chaos”. According to a royal decree, which was said to have been issued by Charles II in 1630, there must be six on the site at all times.

The Tower of London, where the Crown Jewels are stored, sent a statement reassuring the British: “We currently have seven ravens here at the Tower, one more than the six required.”

Since joining the Bird Band in 2007, Merlina was “hands down” the “Tower Raven Queen,” the Tower of London described.

Even if she sometimes took the loose, she had until now always joined her congeners Poppy, Erin, Jubilee, Rocky, Harris, Gripp, and Georgie. Her master, Chris Skaife, fears that she has ascended to heaven for good.

“Merlina is an independent-minded raven who has left the tower compound numerous times, but I’m her friend, and normally she returns. But this time she didn’t, and I’m afraid may she no longer be with us, “he told the BBC.

Even though the threats of the kingdom’s collapse are “a myth and a legend”, the Raven Master is nonetheless cautious: “We have seven crows here at the Tower of London, six by royal decree, and of course I still have a spare, so for now everything is fine “.

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