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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A Royal Visit

The Royal Hospital was honoured to receive a visit from Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall last week. Her Royal Highness was originally due to visit on Founder's Day as the Reviewing Officer, but was not able to attend due to Coronavirus restrictions.

King's Royal Hussars - Parade
King’s Royal Hussars Parade

On Tuesday 23rd June, Chelsea Pensioners – at a distance – were treated to the sunshine and spectacle of the King’s Royal Hussars on parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

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