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
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.
Alan Titchmarsh officially opened the Chelsea Pensioners’ new allotments at the Royal Hospital Chelsea today (Thursday 24th July), which have been built thanks to a generous donation from The Steel Charitable Trust.
Chelsea Pensioner Ted Roberts has starred in a short film as part of the 1000 Londoners project, which aims to be the biggest documentary series ever made about a city.