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.
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.

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Grinling Gibbons statue of Charles II
The story behind the statue

On 3 August 2021 it will be 300 years since Grinling Gibbons’ death. Gibbons is celebrated as arguably the greatest decorative wood carver in British history. However, at the Royal Hospital we know him as the artist responsible for the striking gilded statue of our founder that stands in Figure Court – named in its honour. 

HRH Duke of Gloucester meeting Pensioner Tony Judge
Hope and happiness as Chelsea Pensioners celebrate the return of Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is the highlight of the Royal Hospital’s calendar. Ever since 1692, it has been held on or close to 29 May – the birth of King Charles II and the date of his restoration to the throne. 

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