Today's soldier is tomorrow's Chelsea Pensioner

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is an independent charity funded in part by a grant from the government, but each year we need to raise a shortfall in funding to deliver everything needed to offer a home and the highest standards of care for the Chelsea Pensioners.

Your support is instrumental in providing a comfortable, welcoming home for the Chelsea Pensioners, and in safeguarding this important heritage site for the veterans of tomorrow.

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Chelsea Pensioner pictured Dairy UK Chair Paul Vernon, the Governor of the Royal Hospital and the ceremonial cheese
Chelsea Pensioners and Dairy UK take part in the annual Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses

A festive tradition dating back to the opening of the Royal Hospital in 1692 – today Dairy UK donated over 270kg of British cheeses to the Chelsea Pensioners to tide them over the festive period.

Christmas Pudding
Festivities begin with the stirring of the Christmas Pudding

The Christmas period officially got underway today at the Royal Hospital, as the Chelsea Pensioners took part in the tradition of stirring in the ingredients for the Christmas pudding.

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