Modern Era

Since 1913 the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show has been held annually on the South Grounds.

The Chelsea Pensioner accommodation - or 'berths' - were enlarged in 1954-55 and again in 1991 to resize them from 6' by 6' to 9' by 9'.

2002 saw the restoration of the large mural painting in the Great Hall by the artists Antonio Verrio and Henry Cooke.

Margaret Thatcher Infirmary at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

As part of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee in 2002, the statue of King Charles II was regilded. The Royal Hospital Chelsea presented the Queen with the parade chair (which can be seen in the Museum) and Queen Elizabeth II presented the Royal Hospital with the Sovereign Mace, which is now carried at all of the Royal Hospital's ceremonial events.

In March 2009 the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary (pictured), designed by Sir Quinlan Terry, was opened and is a state of the art care home and hospice for Chelsea Pensioners.

As of October 2015 all Chelsea Pensioner berths have been upgraded to meet the needs of the 21st century veteran, with all berths designed with a study area and en suite bathroom facilities. Read more about this upgrade work here or watch the video below.

 

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Lt. General Tyrone Urch CBE
Lieutenant General Urch and his team on how the British Army is changing for the better

On 16th January Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch and some of his team delivered a fascinating talk to a group of Chelsea Pensioners and staff members, including our Governor, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw.

Advent Calendar
Countdown to Christmas with the Chelsea Pensioners

This Christmas, we’re delighted to be sharing the Royal Hospital’s first-ever handmade advent calendar. From the photograph of the our colonnade – which forms the backdrop of the calendar – to the treasures hidden behind each door, every part of the calendar has been made by a Chelsea Pensioner. 

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