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British veterans assemble for Founder's Day Parade in London

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Chelsea Pensioners line up on their mobility scooters as they take part in the annual Founder's Day Parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Thursday in London, England.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex (C), inspects Chelsea Pensioners, British veteren soldiers, during the annual Founder's Day Parade at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London on June 7, 2012. In-Pensioners at the Royal Chelsea Hospital were inspected by the Countess of Wessex today during their annual Founder's Day. The hospital has been caring for British veterens since it was founded by King Charles II in 1682 and is currently home to some 300 pensioners all of which have served in the British Army and are over 65 years of age. All participants in the parade wear sprigs of oak leaves to commemorate the escape of the future King Charles II after defeat in a 1651 battle by hiding in the Royal Oak.

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Chelsea Pensioners, all British veteren soldiers, stand to attention for inspection as others drive mobility scooters past Sophie, Countess of Wessex, standing at the base of a statue of King Charles II during the annual Founder's Day Parade.

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Chelsea Pensioners, British veteren soldiers, sit as an officer shows his socks during the annual Founder's Day Parade at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London.

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