British Troops Land at Gold BeachOn June 6th 1944, during the height of World War II, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, as part of Operation Overlord. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of one of the deadliest battles in history.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is home to a number of veterans who took part in the D-Day Landings and operations in Normandy in the days and weeks after. To commemorate the historic events that took place on that fateful day, which would go on to change the course of the war, we highlight the stories of three Chelsea Pensioners who each landed on the beaches 75 years ago and who overcame all odds to survive the horrific events on the French coast.

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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.

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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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