2020 has been an unusual year for us all and Christmas at the Royal Hospital Chelsea will be rather different too. However, the spirit of the season remains the same and we are doing our utmost to ensure it’s as magical as ever. Although we have had to adapt them to ensure everyone’s safety, we have kept the majority of our much-loved ceremonies and celebrations. 

Our new Christmas portal will keep you up to date with all the festive news from around the Royal Hospital and explain some of the wonderful traditions which take place each year.We also have a number of Christmas gift ideas on our new-look online shop, where you can now purchase a range of gift cards, ideal for those tricky-to-buy-for loved ones.

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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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