Copthorne Tara HotelThe Royal Hospital Chelsea is delighted to have secured a partnership with the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington, part of leading hotel group Millennium hotels. In a wide ranging partnership we look forward to engaging with the hotel staff and working together to deliver a series of events that will promote the partnership and the work of the Hospital and the Chelsea Pensioners to new audiences.

Gary Lashko, CEO of The Royal Hospital Chelsea said ‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the Copthorne Tara hotel and I very much look forward to a partnership that will engage and excite our Chelsea Pensioners and staff across both organisations’.

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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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