With the COVID-19 virus continuing to spread around the country and, in particular, in London, we have taken the necessary steps to safeguard the Chelsea Pensioners and staff at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. As such all events at the Royal Hospital have been cancelled until further notice. Further communications will be posted as the situation requires.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea hosts many events each year. From the world famous Chelsea Flower Show, which has been held on site annually since 1913, to the Live at Chelsea music concerts which take place each June.

In addition, Friends of the Royal Chelsea Hospital also enjoy a number of exclusive events each year, including an invite to the Governor's Review, a prestigious dress rehersal event for the Founder's Day celebration.

To find out more about the different events at the Royal Hospital, please use the links below.

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Grinling Gibbons statue of Charles II
The story behind the statue

On 3 August 2021 it will be 300 years since Grinling Gibbons’ death. Gibbons is celebrated as arguably the greatest decorative wood carver in British history. However, at the Royal Hospital we know him as the artist responsible for the striking gilded statue of our founder that stands in Figure Court – named in its honour. 

HRH Duke of Gloucester meeting Pensioner Tony Judge
Hope and happiness as Chelsea Pensioners celebrate the return of Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is the highlight of the Royal Hospital’s calendar. Ever since 1692, it has been held on or close to 29 May – the birth of King Charles II and the date of his restoration to the throne. 

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