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Royal Hospital Welcomes Visitors

By Linda Tancs

Today marks the birthday of Britain’s King Charles II.  It’s a day fondly regarded at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea; King Charles founded the hospital in 1681 as a retirement home for war veterans (pensioners).  Nearest the day is the hospital’s seminal annual event–a parade presided over by a member of the Royal Family.  This year’s festivities will take place on 5 June.  You can always visit the hospital, led by a Chelsea Pensioner, for a small fee featuring a 90-minute daily walking tour.  Otherwise, you can visit the grounds, chapel and Great Hall on your own for free.

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