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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Pensioners holding a Christmas wreath outside
Festive thoughts from the Chelsea Pensioners

Christmas is almost here and although life is still far from normal the Chelsea Pensioners are enjoying being part of our community at this special time. We are celebrating in many of the traditional ways at the Royal Hospital – while ensuring guidelines are followed and the Chelsea Pensioners stay as safe as possible. 

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. 

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