Today Chelsea Pensioners, Royal Hospital staff and local school children took part in a Drumhead Service ahead of Remembrance Sunday this weekend.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea joined with the Royal Parks at Brompton Cemetery on Wednesday, as part of the 2018 armistice commemorations, to dedicate a recently refurbished memorial in tribute to the 2,625 Pensioners buried in the cemetary.

Chelsea Pensioner Jim Little completed a stomach-churning ride in a TR9 Spitfire, originally built in 1944, in memory of his brother who was an RAF spitfire pilot in the latter stages of the Second World War. Jim's brother was only 17 years of age when he joined up in 1941.

The Chelsea Pensioners recently partnered with artists Scarlett Raven & Marc Marot (creators of the critically acclaimed “Danger Tree” project) to create a new augmented reality artwork to commemorate WWI.

Former Children’s Laureate, Sir Michael Morpurgo and one of the nation’s best loved illustrators, Michael Foreman, visit the Royal Hospital Chelsea to speak to children from local schools and to the Friends of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Join us on Wednesday 10th October, for a concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 

On the 1st of September the Chelsea Pensioners, in partnership with The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association for Greater London, proudly led a military Parade down the King’s Road to commemorate Londoners who contributed to the war effort in World War One.

Every 11th November the United Kingdom falls silent in remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the Nation. Below, four Chelsea Pensioners give their thoughts about Armistice Day, and why remembering those who have come before us is important to them

The Royal Hospital Chelsea hosts ‘tribute to a tribute’ in commemoration of the Menin Gate ceremony

Pensioners attend Remembrance services at the Tower of London and at events across the country to mark Armistice Day.

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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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