The Royal Hospital Chelsea in Colour

2 new colouring activities for young children. Download and print on A4, or enlarge to A3. Don’t forget to tag us in your drawings on social media!

  • Colour in History (PDF Download)
    Colour in the Chelsea Pensioners, their iconic scarlet uniforms and their home at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Why not add some of your own drawings? Perhaps you’d like to include things the Chelsea Pensioners might enjoy seeing whilst they are at home.

  • Charles II in Chelsea (PDF Download)
    King Charles II built the Royal Hospital to look after old soldiers. Colour in the King and his dogs. Add flowers, plants and wildlife: the grounds of the Royal Hospital are home to foxes, birds and even bats.

    Charles II Colouring

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“What I remember about VJ Day is fighting for my life”

75 years has passed since the Japanese surrendered and World War II finally ended. Today we acknowledge the crucial part those soldiers in the Far East played in winning us the freedoms we enjoy today.

Japanese officer's stamp
VJ Day - letters from a POW Pensioner

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or VJ, Day. On 15 August 1945, Imperial Japan surrendered, effectively bringing the conflict to an end. To commemorate this significant year in the legacy of the Second World War, we have explored our collections and the stories behind some of the artefacts that relate to war with Japan.


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