Founder's day


An annual celebration at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Founder's Day commemorates the escape of the future King Charles II from parliamentary forces after the Battle of Worcester (1651) and is held as close as possible to his birthday on the 29th May.

The Chelsea Pensioners are usually reviewed by a member of the Royal Family, and most recently were reviewed by HRH The Duke of Kent. 

The Duke of Kent meets Chelsea Pensioners on Parade

The Duke of Kent meets Chelsea Pensioners on Parade

In recognition of the Oak tree that King Charles II was concealed in, the statue of King Charles II in Figure Court is partly shrouded in oak leaves and all participants and spectators wear sprigs of oak leaves.