This year, the Royal Hospital held a slightly unusual Founder's Day Parade in order to observe social distancing. Although we were very sad our friends, supporters and Reviewing Officer HRH the Duchess of Cornwall could not be in attendance, the Chelsea Pensioners still managed to mark the day with true military spirit.

Following on from our scaled back Founder's Day last week, the most important event of the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s normally busy events schedule. The Governor, Pensioners and staff were sad not to be able to welcome Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall to this year’s Parade as Royal Reviewing Officer and have delivered the below message.

This year the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s annual Founder’s Day parade coincided with the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France and was attended by HRH the Duke of Sussex.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent reviewed the Chelsea Pensioners and General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB OBE announced as the new Governor of the Royal Hospital.

The Chelsea Pensioners have paraded at the Royal Hospital Chelsea's Founder's Day on 8 June, reviewed by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex.

The Princess Royal attends Founder's Day, and officially opens the recently refurbished Wren designed ‘Long Wards’ by unveiling a plaque at the historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

It has been announced that HRH The Princess Anne will be the Reviewing Officer in attendance at this year's Founder's Day.

19 Chelsea Pensioners who served during WWII were awarded the Légion d'honneur by HE Slyvie Bermann, the Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom, in a special presentation before the parade

The Duke of Kent has visited the Royal Hospital Chelsea to enjoy the Chelsea Pensioners’ 322nd annual Founder’s Day Parade, which commemorates the founding of the Hospital by King Charles II in 1682.

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