Last week The Brainy One and I had the opportunity to attend the Governor’s Review at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The Review is held two days before Founders Day, the highlight of the Royal Hospital’s calendar.
The event is not open to the public and we were thrilled to receive an unexpected invitation from Grandad Paddy‘s niece. We haven’t seen her since the tree planting, so it was lovely that she thought of us.
The total number of years of service given to the Crown by the men and women on parade amounts to some 5 and a half thousand years. That’s quite a number.
Pensioners who are too unwell or frail can still be involved with the parade by lining the sides of Figure Court, but many insist on participating. Although the day was grey and overcast, the rain stayed away and only one Pensioner found the standing too much and had to be helped by the St John Ambulance volunteers.
The Hospital is open to the public throughout the year at no charge. Visitors can take in the beauty of the Wren Chapel or simply chat with a Pensioner over a cuppa in the coffee shop.
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