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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall reviews the Chelsea Pensions at their Founder’s Day

The 321st Founder’s Day at Royal Hospital Road was held on the best of a British day; clear blue skies and sunny. The Chelsea Pensioners looked stunning with their scarlet coats and decorations blazed in the sun’s reflection.

This year the Reviewing Officer was HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Looking radiant in her acquamarine coloured coat dress and matching hat she was clearly at ease talking to the Pensioners and hospital staff at the infirmary and the 176 Pensioners present at the ceremony ‘on the Green’. One Pensioner, upon seeing the photographers’ camera equipment, remarked that he hoped the gear worked. The Duchess, very much at ease, and chatting easily with those presented to her, seemed to genuinely enjoy the occasion, made more relevant by the fact some of those present had likely served with her father in Africa.

The ceremony lasted an hour – a long time for those attending whose average age is 82 and who had to stand throughout. All in all a wonderful and very British Occasion.

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Images and copyright: Lucy Elliott/Lucy Elliott Photography

(Lucy attended this event as part of the Royal Rota – with thanks to the Royal Press Office, Clarence House).

 

Pensioners reviewed by HRH The Duke of Gloucester

On another bright and glorious summer’s day in London, HRH The Duke of Gloucester inspected the Chelsea Pensioners who marched past resplendent in their red and black uniform, buttons and boots gleaming and shining. For the 300 soldiers this is the highlight of the year – a known fact that living there, increases life span by about a further ten years, such is the congeniality of the environment.

In addition to the March past, the Duke of Gloucester was also there to open the first of the modern study bedrooms the soldiers will live in. Until now, accommodation has been windowless, nine foot square ‘berths’.  With new accommodation perhaps their life span might increase to 15 years longer than their counter parts in ‘civvie’ land?!  (Photos by kind courtesy of Lawson Dodd)

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