History of the Royal Hospital Chelsea

The story of today’s Royal Hospital Chelsea begins over 300 years ago during the reign of King Charles II, whose vision for a home for veteran soldiers was brought to life by Sir Christopher Wren.

But it’s not just the buildings that have survived into modern times. King Charles II’s understanding that the country owes a debt of gratitude to its old soldiers informs the spirit of the Royal Hospital today. The residents of the Royal Hospital, known the world over as Chelsea Pensioners, have all served as ordinary soldiers in the Armed Forces at some point in their lives, and now, in their later years, find a warm welcome amidst the camaraderie and banter of their fellow veterans.

History of the Chelsea Pensioners

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Chelsea Pensioner completes 100th parachute jump for charity

Chelsea Pensioner Mike Smith has taken to the skies for his first jump in 23 years.

Global Champions Tour at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

World-renowned show jumping event, the Longines Global Champions Tour has taken place for the first time at the Royal Hospital Chelsea earlier this month.

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