Christmas at the Royal Hospital

As we approach the season of goodwill, the Chelsea Pensioners are hoping to welcome back a more normal Christmas this year and with it a feast of traditions to celebrate, from the Cheese Ceremony to the Stirring of the Christmas Pudding. Learn more about the centuries of festivities at the Royal Hospital.

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Stirring of the Christmas Pudding Ceremony 2021
Festive fun at the stirring of the Christmas Pudding ceremony

Chelsea Pensioners and staff gathered together in the Great Hall on the last day of November to usher in the start of Advent with the first of the Royal Hospital’s annual Christmas traditions. 

Remembrance 2021
The Chelsea Pensioners remember

After the restrictions last year, the Royal Hospital today commemorated Remembrance with a Drumhead Ceremony on figure court.

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