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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Royal Hospital Chelsea joins the Chelsea Heritage Quarter and Chelsea History Festival this September with special previews of the Soane Stable Yard

We are delighted to announce that the Royal Hospital Chelsea will be part of the Chelsea History Festival once again this year, from Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 September 2024 and part of the new Chelsea Heritage Quarter – London’s new heritage destination. 

King's Birthday Honours 2024
Royal Hospital Model of Care recognised in two awards at King’s Birthday Honours

The Royal Hospital Chelsea’s model of care for older veterans has been recognised through awards for two members of staff in The King's Birthday Honours list this year.