Friday, 19 July 2013

Chelsea Pensioners - we're a pretty resilient bunch...

It's pretty hot today... and it's a Friday. So I thought I would keep this week's blog post nice and short.

Founder's Day is a long standing annual tradition at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Over the years, the Chelsea Pensioners have been reviewed by a great number of members of the Royal Family and Field Marshals. These include HM King Edward VII (1909), HM King George V (1912), HM Queen Mary (1937), HRH The Princess Margaret (1954), FM Lord Montgomery (1959 & 1967), HM The Queen (1962, 1975, 1982 and 2006), HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1966, 1981, 1986 & 1991), HRH The Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh (1997), HRH Prince Henry (Harry) (2011) and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (2013).

But there were 5 years when Founder's Day had to be cancelled - during World War I. However, we kept going during World War II, and here are some pictures of Founder's Day taking place at Rudhall, Herefordshire where the Chelsea Pensioners were reviewed by the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire and his wife Daisy.



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