Tower of London’s ‘Queen’ raven missing and feared dead
The ‘Queen’ Raven of the Tower of London, the keeper announced that Merlina was missing and feared she was dead.
However, only six remained to fend off the prophecy that the country would fall when the ravens left the Tower of London.
Merlina, a stunning bird, was loved by visitors as she has a great personality and enjoys being fed Pringles.
Ravenmaster, Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife was very photographed with her and often showed off her beauty in photos on social media. She was also often seen sharing a bench with the curious bird at her lunch break.
Now, however, the Tower of London has officially declared that the raven is most likely dead.
Merlina, who joined the herd in 2007, has not been seen for several weeks.
The tower usually has six ravens at any given time, and legend has it that if they leave, both the castle and the kingdom will fall. There are currently seven residents.
A spokesman said that Merlina’s “discontinuation shows us that she may sadly passed away”.
“Merlina was our undisputed roost ruler, Queen of the Tower ravens.
“Kuzgun friends, raven master, and all of us in the Tower community will miss him very much.”
Tower staff say they have no plans to replace the much loved bird yet.
Yeoman Warder Skaife says it will take some time to think about her life.
“I know many of you will be upset by this news,” he said in a statement on social media.
“No more than me. Please excuse my absence for a few days.”
Charles II is believed to be the first ruler to officially decide that birds should always be kept in the Tower.
When the numbers fell on a single raven sentry, Winston Churchill ordered the herd to be increased to at least six, known as “rude”.
There is currently a breeding program run in a Suffolk bar so there are enough trained ravens to replenish the group.