Tuesday, March 22, 2016

If this is Tuesday, it must be England #37

The Royal Hospital Chelsea
"Few British institutions can boast three centuries of unbroken service, and none is closer to the heart of the nation than "The Men in Scarlet (*)", the Chelsea Pensioners.  Their home, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, was founded in 1682 by King Charles II to provide soldiers with a fitting home in their retirement.   The Royal Hospital is proud to continue to serve its original purpose into the 21st century" 

 (*) On March 12, 2009 Mrs Dorothy Hughes (85) and Miss Winifred Phillips (82), became the first women In-Pensioners.

I've always been fascinated with the Chelsea Pensioners.  How I would love to spend a couple of days with them, hearing their stories!  The Chelsea Pensioners are an amazing British tradition, men and women who served their country and are choosing to live out their golden years at the Royal Hospital.  They surrender their pensions in return for board, lodging, clothing, and medical care.  The Chelsea Pensioners are a feature at many ceremonial occasions in Britain, distinctive in their scarlet coats and tricorne hats.

The Chelsea Pensioners in the 21st Century
I'm definitely adding this tour onto my list of Things to Do in London. 

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