21 Chelsea Pensioners represented retired Army Veterans and the Royal Hospital Chelsea in style at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. Led by Captain of Invalid Colonel Baker and Chief Clerk Lloyd the Chelsea Pensioners marched in to the Olympic Stadium representing part of the History of Britain. Whilst there was a lot of practice involved (some 40 hours in total!) it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the Royal Hospital Chelsea is incredibly proud of all who participated.
Chelsea Pensioner James Anderson ran with the Olympic Torch on the 26th July 2012 in the Royal Borough of Kensington. His friends and family were there to support him as well as serving soldiers from his regiment, the Royal Engineers and Chelsea Pensioners and members of staff from the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Photography by Nick Panagakis
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex reviewed the Chelsea Pensioners for Founder's Day 2012, maintaining the Royal Hospital's strong links with the Royal Family.
Founder's Day is held annually around our Founder, King Charles II's, birthday. Oak leaves are worn and used as decoration to commemorate the King's escape from the Parliamentary forces after the Battle of Worcester in 1651.
The Chelsea Pensioners were delighted to provide an Honour Guard for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. The Royal Hospital continues to have strong links with the Royal Family, with the Countess of Wessex reviewing the Chelsea Pensioners at this years Founder's Day.
Chelsea Pensioners helped to brighten up a cloudy press day at the Chelsea Flower Show 2012. In recognition of a 99 year old partnership with the RHS, Chelsea Pensioners scaled up to the 5th floor of Diarmuid Gavin's 7 story garden, making a spectacular site in their scarlet coats.
Garden House Parents' Association held a drinks reception in the State Apartments at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and presented the Chelsea Pensioners' Appeal with £100,000.
A big thank you to the children, parents and and staff of Garden House School from the Chelsea Pensioners!