HM Paymaster General visits Royal Hospital

20th December 2019

Today we welcomed HM Paymaster General, Oliver Dowden CBE, to the Royal Hospital to meet the Chelsea Pensioners in his role as an Ex-officio Commissioner.

Mr Dowden took time to meet with Governor of the Royal Hospital, Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE DL, and CEO Gary Lashko, before touring the historic site.

Sir Adrian explained the significance of the visit:

I was delighted to see HM Paymaster General, Oliver Dowden, here at the Royal Hospital today, the most obvious outward manifestation of the Government and the Army’s commitment to its Veterans.

As the head of the newly formed Office for Veterans’ Affairs, he showed a strong commitment to looking after those who served our Nation and we very much look forward to working with him in the future, as we look after our magnificent Chelsea Pensioners and as we address the challenges of outreach to the wider Veteran community.

Towards the end of the visit Mr Dowden also met with the Chelsea Pensioners, stopping to talk with them and wish them a Merry Christmas. Chelsea Pensioner Brian Connor said of the visit:

I very much enjoyed meeting the Minister. He was approachable and really listened to everything that we had to say. It was a real privilege talking with him.

Royal Hospital Chelsea Newsletter

Stay up to date with what's going on at The Royal Hospital by signing up for our e‑newsletter.

News

View the archive

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw
Founder’s Day Cancelled

​​With the country likely to be under prolonged isolation, the Governor of the Royal Hospital has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the Founder’s Day celebrations this year.

Lady Chelsea Pensioners
Women at the Royal Hospital

In March 2009, the Royal Hospital opened its doors to the first female Chelsea Pensioners: Dorothy Hughes and Winifred Phillips who both sadly are no longer alive. You can meet some of today’s female Pensioners below.

Twitter

Follow @RHChelsea