Merlina, the queen raven who has actually lived at the Tower of London for 14 years, is missing, presumed dead. Her death is a bad prophecy for the United Kingdom, according to legend.
Lore has it that “if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.”.
After being told of the prophecy, Charles II, who reigned the kingdom in between 1660 and 1685, issued a royal decree that 6 ravens be kept at the castle at all times, located in the heart of London.
The Tower, developed by William I in the 1070s as a presentation of his power is now a leading traveler attraction and the guards charged with looking after the birds make sure there at least 7 on the properties to avoid the prophetic catastrophe
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Prior to Merlinas disappearance there had been eight ravens onsite. The news of her failure to return brings the quota to 7, although strategies have actually been hatched to reproduce a replacement.
Ravenmaster Christopher Skaife, the only person to whom the birds react, informed BBC Radio 4s Today program Merlina was a “free-spirited raven” who had actually left the tower precincts sometimes however on this event had not return.
” Just prior to Christmas, prior to we went into the lockdown, we were putting the ravens to bed, and she didnt return,” he stated.
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