David Cameron Canvasses the RHC
Conservative Leader David Cameron recently paid a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea to meet some of it's famous residents. Following a stormy Prime Minister's Question Time, Mr Cameron took time to relax and chat with a group of enthusiastic Chelsea Pensioners. Before departing he declared how much he enjoyed meeting the In-Pensioners and described the Royal Hospital as a place of 'paradise'.
Running For The Appeal
A team of runners set off to raise money for the Chelsea Pensioners' Appeal in the 2008 British 10K London Run. Seven runners braved the wet and windy conditions and all completed the run, posting respectable finishing times. They were met before the race by In-Pensioners Colin Banks and Michael Allen who rose early to lend their support. Congratulations must go to all who took part and to everyone who kindly sponsored and supported the runners.
Princess Royal Reviews Founder's Day
HRH The Princess Royal paid a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea to mark the annual Founder's Day 2008, held to commemorate the Hospital's founding in 1682 by King Charles II. It was the fourth time Princess Anne has reviewed the Chelsea Pensioners as they paraded and lined up for inspection in their traditional Scarlet jackets and Tricorne hats. Baroness Thatcher and former Prime Minister John Major were also in attendance to hear HRH The Princess Royal pay tribute to the ranks of veteran soldiers and staff of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, General the Lord Walker said of the occasion: "It was a splendid day - blessed with fine weather. I thought the day was quite brilliant and everyone I have spoken to expressed similar sentiments."
Chaplain Crosses The Finish Line
Congratulations to the Royal Hospital Chaplain, Dick Whittington, who successfully completed the London Marathon with a time of 3 hours and 58 minutes. Dick has crowned this tremendous achievement by raising over £40,000 for the Chelsea Pensioners' Appeal.
Infirmary named in honour of Lady Thatcher
Lady Thatcher was welcomed by a group of Chelsea Pensioners, to celebrate the naming of the new Infirmary. In recognition of her close ties and longstanding support of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the new Infirmary will officially be known as 'The Margaret Thatcher Infirmary'.
Margaret Thatcher poses with In-Pensioners John Ley, David Poultney, John Walker and Charles McLaughlin - 14th February 2008