LevelInfo – GB – Tower of London ‘Queen’ raven missing, believed dead

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The « Queen » raven of the Tower of London is missing and feared dead, but her master says there are seven ravens left in the residence preventing the fall of the kingdom

Raven Merlina, who is described as « free-spirited », has not been seen in the tower for several weeks and was first recognized as missing before Christmas when the ravens were put to bed

Legend has it that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, both the Tower and the Kingdom will suffer, but Yeoman Warder Chris Skaife, Ravenmaster at the Tower, calmed the mind

« Just before Christmas, before we went into the lock, we put the ravens to bed and she didn’t come back

« Now Merlina is a free spirited raven known to leave Tower districts on many occasions, but I’m her sidekick, and so she usually comes back to us, but this time she didn’t »I’m afraid she’s no longer with us, » he told BBC Radio 4’s Today Program

« Should the ravens leave the Tower of London, it will turn to dust and the kingdom will suffer great damage »

« But we have seven ravens here in the Tower of London, six by royal decree, and of course I have a replacement, so we’re fine at the moment »

Charles II is said to have been the first to insist that the ravens of the tower be protected after being warned that the crown and tower itself would fall if they left

In a statement, the Tower of London said: « We have some really unfortunate news to report

« Our beloved raven Merlina has not been seen in the tower for several weeks, and her continued absence shows us that she may have passed away sadly

« While it’s not uncommon for our ravens to roam outside the walls, the free-spirited Merlina has always returned to the Tower and to the Raven Master and his team, with whom she had a wonderfully close relationship

« We now have seven ravens here in the tower, one more than the required six, so we have no immediate plans to fill Merlina’s vacancy

« However, we hope that over time a new chick from our breeding program has grown to meet the daunting challenge of continuing its legacy

« Since Merlina came to us in 2007, she was our undisputed ruler of the quarter, queen of the tower ravens

« She will be greatly missed by her fellow ravens, the raven master, and all of us in the tower community »

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