Swansea mascot Cyril the Swan shows respect to Queen by joining minute’s silence

Swans have a special connection to Queen Elizabeth, so there's no surprise Cyril the Swan wanted to pay his respects to Her Majesty this week.

The Queen passed away last Thursday after a short illness surrounded by her family at the age of 96 – reigning an incredible 70 years and 214 days. The Queen is also famously the appointed Swan Keeper, meaning that she has a prerogative over all swans in England and Wales.

And that must include Cyril, Swansea City's furry mascot, who showed a truly commendable mark of respect to join in the minute's silence ahead of the Championship clash between the Welsh side and Sheffield United.

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Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the crown has been passed down to her son, His Majesty Charles III.

As well as the other titles that go with such a role, including head of state, supreme governor of the Church of England and ruler of the Commonwealth, the title of Swan Keeper has also been passed down.

It means that while Cyril might still be in mourning over the Queen, he will begin a new life with a new owner – King Charles III. Swansea's mascot is yet to break his silence during this tragic time.

Meanwhile, Swansea were beaten by Sheffield United at the Liberty Stadium courtesy of a last-gasp goal from Reda Khadra. Chris Wilder's men are flying high in the Championship, sitting atop by four points thanks to the German's 94th-minute winner.

The Swans, meanwhile, are struggling with Russell Martin in charge and are in danger of finding themselves in a relegation battle.

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