The Princess Royal at the Royal Hospital Chelsea Founder's Day parade


Founder's Day is the highlight of the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s calendar, an event attended by all Chelsea Pensioners, which celebrates the founding of the Royal Hospital by King Charles II.

The event has taken place almost every year since the founding of the Royal Hospital in 1681.

A member of the Royal Family attends the ceremony each year, and this year The Princess Royal joined the Founder’s Day parade at the Reviewing Officer. The Queen has reviewed the parade four times.

The Chelsea Pensioners are the iconic faces of the UK’s veteran community. They reside at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, their 300-year-old home founded by Charles II, in the heart of London.

They offer excellent accommodation, comradeship and the highest standards of care for veterans in recognition of their loyal service to the Nation.