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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Paul Whittick
“When we’re out of lockdown, I’ll be ready!”

Chelsea Pensioner Paul Whittick, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, has always been keen on keeping fit. In the light of lockdown, he says staying physically and mentally active is more important than ever.

Pensioners on parade for the Royal visit
“It’s a lovely day tomorrow”

The pandemic has meant it’s been a very difficult year for us all. The Chelsea Pensioners are no exception and have missed getting out and about. Nevertheless, they’ve put a brave face on it and, as one Chelsea Pensioner puts it, “the banter continues”.

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