The Royal Hospital Chelsea is the home of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners, who are all retired soldiers of the British Army. Since 1692 we have offered care and comradeship for veterans in recognition of their loyal service to the Nation.  

The Chelsea Pensioners are the iconic faces of the UK’s veteran community. They reside at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, their 325-year-old home founded by Charles II, in the heart of London.

Here, we offer excellent accommodation, comradeship and the highest standards of care for veterans in recognition of their loyal service to the Nation. Any former soldier of the British Army over the age of 65, who is facing spending their advanced years alone, can apply for residence as an In-Pensioner.

Some 300 army veterans live at the Royal Hospital today, including those who have served in Korea, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and World War II. Others may not have served in campaigns, but all understand what it means to be a soldier and the potential sacrifice that it entails.

The Royal Hospital is a Grade I and II listed site, a beautiful architectural legacy left to us by Charles II and Sir Christopher Wren. Maintenance of the site continues today with ongoing restoration work to ensure that this legacy lives on into the future.

With your help, we can ensure we are here for the next generation of veterans.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is this year celebrating its 325th anniversary and we would like to thank our sponsors who have enabled us to take part in this years Lord Mayor's Show: The worshipful Company of Drapers, The worshipful Company of Grocers, The worshipful Company of Gunmakers, The worshipful Company of Marketors and The Worshipful Company of Mercers.

John Allen, Clerk and Diana Berry, Upper Warden (pictured above) from one of our sponsors The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers, meeting Chelsea Pensioner Sandy Sanders. We are delighted John and Diana will be joining Sandy and 23 other Chelsea Pensioners in the procession.