Recent research backs up the anecdote that Chelsea Pensioners not only live considerably longer than their peers outside (by over five years, on average), but that their lifetimes once they come to the Royal Hospital are extending, year on year. This strongly suggests that the care and community here contribute to greater longevity – as well as improving quality of life. 

19 Chelsea Pensioners who served during WWII were awarded the Légion d'honneur by HE Slyvie Bermann, the Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom, in a special presentation before the parade

Pensioners attend Remembrance services at the Tower of London and at events across the country to mark Armistice Day.
The Chelsea Pensioners have unveiled their very own ceramic poppy display to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.
A group of Chelsea Pensioners have visited the Tower of London's poppy installation as the country marks 100 years since the start of the First World War.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners, has been selected as charity of the year by Sainsbury’s Local’s Gatliff Road store.
Property developer pledges its continued support for the Chelsea Pensioners by becoming a silver Corporate Friend of the Royal Hospital.
On Monday 4 August Chelsea Pensioners will mark 100 years to the day since Britain entered the Great War.
A group of Chelsea Pensioner artists are to exhibit their London-themed work at an exhibition at the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Margaret Thatcher Infirmary (MTI) next week.
Chelsea Pensioners and staff from the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Margaret Thatcher Infirmary (MTI) celebrate the National Care Home Open Day with an ‘around the world’ tea party.

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Brompton Cemetery Seed Sowing
Sowing wildflowers in memory of past Chelsea Pensioners

On 6 May, Chelsea Pensioners and members of the Royal Hospital’s grounds team joined representatives from the Royal Parks, the Royal Parks Guild and the Friends of Brompton Cemetery to sow a patch of wildflower seeds in Brompton Cemetery as part of the Battlefields and Butterflies initiative.

Chelsea Pensioner Centenarians
100 years old and still going strong

Recent research backs up the anecdote that Chelsea Pensioners not only live considerably longer than their peers outside (by over five years, on average), but that their lifetimes once they come to the Royal Hospital are extending, year on year. This strongly suggests that the care and community here contribute to greater longevity – as well as improving quality of life. 

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