Ex-servicemen and women marked the end of almost 100 years at a Richmond home with a regal celebration this week.
The Royal Star and Garter Homes honoured the end of its rich history of caring for residents at its Richmond home for 97 years on May 9.
The Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, the mayor of Richmond and the leader of Richmond Council led a procession of dignitaries, senior military figures, residents, staff and volunteers.
Mike Barter, chief executive at the Royal Star and Garter Homes, said: “This is an historic moment for the Royal Star and Garter Homes, as our time in Richmond draws to an end.
“It is a time for reflection, but also celebration as we fondly remember the happy years we have spent here and the exciting future which lies ahead in our new homes which are purpose built for the needs of our residents.”
The day began with a remembrance service and a performance from the King’s House School choir.
Malcolm Chapple, the charity’s longest serving governor who joined the board in 1986, delivered a reading to more than 220 invited guests, before a bugler from Her Majesty’s Royal Marines closed the religious service.
Guests were welcomed by mounted troopers from the Household Cavalry at the home’s entrance for a concert by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood, who played at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.
Guests, residents, staff and volunteers then had a celebratory tea party with a toast led by chairman of governors Vice-Admiral Sir John Dunt.
The Richmond residents will move to a purpose built home in Surbiton in July, while the charity’s admin office will move to new premises which has not yet been confirmed.
Mr Barter said: “We are delighted to have been joined by so many of the charity’s loyal supporters.
“We thank the local community for all its support over the years and look forward to building on that relationship so we can continue to deliver brilliant care to ex-service men and women.”