Modern Era

Since 1913 the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show has been held annually on the South Grounds.

The Chelsea Pensioner accommodation - or 'berths' - were enlarged in 1954-55 and again in 1991 to resize them from 6' by 6' to 9' by 9'.

2002 saw the restoration of the large mural painting in the Great Hall by the artists Antonio Verrio and Henry Cooke.

As part of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee in 2002, the statue of King Charles II was regilded. The Royal Hospital Chelsea presented the Queen with the parade chair (which can be seen in the Museum) and Queen Elizabeth II present the Royal Hospital with the Sovereign Mace, which is now carried at all of the Royal Hospital's ceremonial events.

Margaret Thatcher Infirmary at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

In March 2009 the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary (pictured above), designed by Sir Quinlan Terry, was opened and is a state of the art care home and hospice for Chelsea Pensioners.

As of October 2015 all Chelsea Pensioner berths have been upgraded to meet the needs of the 21st century veteran, with all berths designed with a study area and en suite bathroom facilities. Read more about this upgrade work here or watch the video below.

 

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The Margaret Thatcher Infirmary celebrates National Care Home Open Day 2018

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is celebrating National Care Home Open Day 2018 on Friday 20th April, by opening the doors to its dedicated care facility – the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary (MTI).

Interview with Chelsea Pensioner brothers for National Siblings Day

Chelsea Pensioners, David and Tom Lyall describe their close sibling relationship 

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