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 PensionerSadly 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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Founder’s Day Cancelled

​​With the country likely to be under prolonged isolation, the Governor of the Royal Hospital has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the Founder’s Day celebrations this year.

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Women at the Royal Hospital

In March 2009, the Royal Hospital opened its doors to the first female Chelsea Pensioners: Dorothy Hughes and Winifred Phillips who both sadly are no longer alive. You can meet some of today’s female Pensioners below.

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