Chelsea Hospital Founders Day

Where: London at Chelsea Hospital
When: Early June (often a Thursday)
Time: 10am


Founders Day at Chelsea Hospital is held in early June each year to commemorate King Charles II, who founded the hospital in the seventeenth century as a residential retirement home for old soldiers. Charles II’s birthday and his Restoration both fell on May 29th; the Parade used to be held annually on this date but has now moved to a variable date in early June. The Chelsea Pensioners will be wearing their distinctive red coats and royalty will be present – only invited guests may attend.

Helpful Hints

Attendance is by invitation only so you can’t just turn up.

In 2017 Founders Day was celebrated on Thursday June 8th – 2018 date is yet to be announced.

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