The Friends of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is an active and welcoming membership scheme, offering a sociable experience to all our members as well as a deeper engagement with the Royal Hospital and the Chelsea Pensioners.

If you would like to help repay the nation's debt to the Chelsea Pensioners, why not consider becoming a Friend? Membership starts from as little as £35 per year and offers a range of benefits including invitations to special and exclusive events throughout the year. Most importantly, your membership subscription in its entirety will be directed towards safeguarding the future of our remarkable veterans.

As a Friend of our unique veteran community you’ll enjoy a range of sought after benefits:

GOVERNOR’S REVIEW
Join us each summer to see the Chelsea Pensioners on parade at the ceremonial Governor’s Review. Held in honour of King Charles II, founder of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Review is an unmissable military highlight and is followed by a drinks reception in the Governor’s Marquee. All Friends are entitled to bring up to 5 guests each year.

HOME FRONT MAGAZINE
Friends receive a bi-annual subscription to our supporters’ magazine, Home Front, delivered direct to your door or your inbox. Each edition of Home Front shares a wealth of stories about the Chelsea Pensioners and keeps you up to date with their latest activities at home and abroad.

EXCLUSIVE EVENTS PROGRAMME
You will enjoy access to our seasonal Friends’ events programme, open only to our members. We run a range of exciting events throughout the calendar year, including lectures, music recitals, drinks parties and visits to historic houses and military sites. Our events are not available to the general public and provide regular opportunities to meet other like-minded supporters of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Single Friend - £40 per annum (£35 for the first year if you’re paying by Direct Debit)

Partner Friend - £50 per annum (£45 for the first year if you’re paying by Direct Debit)

We look forward to welcoming you to the Friends!

More information

For more information about becoming a Friend of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, contact the Friends team on:

T: 020 7881 5516
E: friends@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

You can view our 'Become a Friend' brochure. Alternatively, we can post you a copy if you click on the button below and complete your details.

For information on paying via CAF cheque, VAT & donations in regards to Friends Membership, please contact us.

Friends Membership and Gift Aid

Please be aware the Friends of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will not claim Gift Aid on your Friends Membership. If you make any additional donation over and above the membership amount we are able to claim gift aid on this if you complete the gift aid declaration in the brochure.

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Chelsea Pensioner pictured Dairy UK Chair Paul Vernon, the Governor of the Royal Hospital and the ceremonial cheese
Chelsea Pensioners and Dairy UK take part in the annual Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses

A festive tradition dating back to the opening of the Royal Hospital in 1692 – today Dairy UK donated over 270kg of British cheeses to the Chelsea Pensioners to tide them over the festive period.

Christmas Pudding
Festivities begin with the stirring of the Christmas Pudding

The Christmas period officially got underway today at the Royal Hospital, as the Chelsea Pensioners took part in the tradition of stirring in the ingredients for the Christmas pudding.

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