Tuesday 4 May 2021 11:15 am

The Kingdom is secure: Two new ravens join Tower of London conspiracy

Should the ravens leave the Tower, so the Kingdom will fall – that’s the legend, at any rate.

But reassuringly it appears both the realm and indeed the City of London will endure at least a little longer with the arrival of two baby ravens at the Tower of London.

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Both ravens were born during lockdown, as the Tower endured its longest closure since World War II.

Edgar is the first of the two birds, a male, named after Edgar Allan Poe.

But the Tower have asked for the public’s help in naming the second raven, a female – choosing between Matilda, Florence, Branwen, Bronte or Winifred in a poll on the Tower’s website.

There were fears that the obsidian-plumaged aviators might vacate the City’s environs as visitor numbers – and corresponding food – collapsed.

But the new arrivals to the conspiracy – the collective noun for ravens – should ensure that the monarchy will remain in place for some time yet.

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Yeoman Warder Chris Skaife, Ravenmaster of the Tower of London, said: “We’re delighted to have two new chicks joining the raven community here at the Tower.

“There’s a lot of pressure when picking names for these famous feathered residents, so I hope that people around the world will help us to name our newest addition, and come and see them in person as they settle into their new home.’