Chelsea Pensioners read the papers

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Victorian illustration to download showing a group of Chelsea Pensioners in their dormitory at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, gathering round a long table to read the news in the papers. Behind them are the curtained cubicles where they sleep. They wear their informal blue uniforms with peaked hats. The Royal Hospital was founded in 1682 by Charles II to provide a home for veteran soldiers; the buildings were designed by Christopher Wren.