The Chelsea Pensioners

The nation's iconic Army veterans

At the Royal Hospital Chelsea we offer excellent accommodation, comradeship and the highest standards of care for veterans of the British Army in recognition of their loyal service to the Nation.

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"Since joining the Royal Hospital, I have been made really welcome. There's no better place to go, everything's here for me"

Chelsea Pensioner Tony Hunt
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Chelsea Pensioner Barry Harman in scarlets
Meet Chelsea Pensioner Barry Harman

Chelsea Pensioner, Barry, enlisted in the Army in November 1964. Barry’s journey through the ranks in the British Army spans over two decades and he shares more on his time in the Army and life in retirement as a Chelsea Pensioner. 

Prof Tim Briggs CBE (left) presents the Governor of the Royal Hospital (right) with the Veteran Aware plaque
Royal Hospital Chelsea receives Veteran Aware NHS accreditation

We are delighted to receive accreditation to the Veteran Aware NHS initiative. Professor Tim Briggs CBE, Chair of Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance, presented the Governor of the Royal Hospital, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB OBE DL, with the Royal Hospital accreditation at our Chelsea Veteran Outreach event yesterday.