With the COVID-19 virus continuing to spread across the world and with London seeing a significant escalation of cases each day, we have taken the necessary steps to safeguard the Chelsea Pensioners and staff at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The main Royal Hospital Chelsea site is closed to external visitors. The Chelsea Pensioners will now remain permanently within the grounds of the Royal Hospital to reduce their risk of exposure to the virus, other than for hospital visits or other essential reasons.

Despite these changes, we will maintain as far as possible the unique community spirit and way of life at the Royal Hospital. We will work hard to minimise the impact on both the health and well-being of the Chelsea Pensioners and we will open our gates to visitors once more as soon as we can.

Please use the menu below to see how we are protecting the Chelsea Pensioners and our staff community, and what restrictions are now in place.

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Staff Nurse - Beata wearing a facemask
International Nurses' Day 2020

12 May is the International Day of the Nurse where people all over the world recognise the important role of nurses in their communities. On this day we also celebrate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale. Nightingale is credited as being the founder of modern nursing.

Torpedo explosion display on the water at the Royal Military and Naval Exhibition
From exploding torpedoes to stuffed polar bears: The Royal Military and Naval Exhibitions of 1890 and 1891

Today, the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s South Grounds are famous for hosting the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show. However, the tradition of using our grounds for exhibitions began at the end of the 19th century.

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