The Chelsea Pensioners are all British Army veterans, each of whom come to the Royal Hospital from all walks of life, from the four corners of the United Kingdom. Their unique Scarlet tunics stand out wherever they go, making them instantly recognisable around the world. Natually, the Pensioners often find themselves the centre of attention at events that they attend and are always happy to answer questions about the Royal Hospital as well as themselves.

Ask a Chelsea Pensioner
Sadly not everyone has the opportunity to visit the Royal Hospital or get a chance to attend events where the Chelsea Pensioners are in attendance, but we understand there is great interest in our veterans and their stories. So, the Royal Hospital Chelsea has launched a brand new initative, allowing people from around the world to ask questions of the Chelsea Pensioners. Whether you want to know more about their military service, the civilian jobs many of them held after being demobbed from the Army, or how they spend their time during retirement, we're opening up the floor to you to ask those questions you would love to have answered.

Each month we'll pick a selection of the best or most interesting questions and put them to a variety of Chelsea Pensioners, we will then share their answers as videos (and other formats) across our social media channels and here on our website also.

Please use the below form to submit your question.

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HRH, The Prince Philip - Duke of Edinburgh Painting
Chelsea Pensioners share recollections of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Royal Hospital Chelsea community continues to send our thoughts and condolences to the Royal Family at this difficult time. Many of our Chelsea Pensioners were fortunate enough to meet HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal Hospital’s Founder’s Day celebrations or through his other official duties.

Infirmary Bombing
Remembering the Soane Infirmary bombing

Today marks 80 years following the bombing of the Royal Hospital’s Infirmary during the Second World War. The magnificent Infirmary, which once stood on the current site of the National Army Museum, was hit by a parachute bomb on 16 April 1941 – destroying most of the building and tragically ending the lives of 13 people.

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