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Founder’s Day, Royal Hospital Chelsea

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The London Metro of 8 June contains two photographs and a short report of the Founder’s Parade at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, at which Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was guest of honour. Both the Countess and the Hospital’s pensioners are shown wearing buttonholes of oak [Quercus] leaves, to commemorate ‘the escape of the future King Charles II who hid in an oak tree after defeat in battle’.
The Parade is said to have been held without break since 1692, formerly on 29 May (Royal Oak Apple Day), but more recently on the first Thursday in June.

For further information see ‘Oak’ under ‘Material Collected’ on this website, and R. Vickery, Garlands, Conkers and Mother-die, 2010: 166-7.

Image: the Boscobel Oak, in which King Charles reputedly hid; Gentleman’s Magazine, 1809.

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