Last week, the Chelsea Pensioners gathered in the Great Hall to celebrate the annual Ceremony of the Christmas Cake. 

The cherished Christmas Carol Concert at the Royal Hospital Chelsea is set to return this weekend, promising a delightful afternoon of music and festive cheer.

On Wednesday 6 December, the Royal Hospital Chelsea celebrated its annual Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses – a unique tradition that stretches back more than three centuries. 

Kickstarting the Christmas festivities this year, our Chelsea Pensioners took part in the annual Stirring of the Christmas Pudding today. 

This year marks the 70th anniverasry since the fighting of the Korean War ended. Here at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, we want to remember the countless individuals that were impacted by the Korean war; and to do so, a few of our Korean Veterans shared their experiences with us.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of David Richmond CBE as the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s new Chief Executive Officer. 

Remembrance is an important time of year at the Royal Hospital. For those who have served in the Armed Forces it has a special significance, as they remember fallen comrades and the legions of those who lost their lives in previous conflicts.

Last week, members of the Chelsea Pensioners Fishing Club gathered to mark the end of the season and enjoy a small awards ceremony organised by the club’s organiser, Chelsea Pensioner Peter Turner. 

The ‘Vivid Art Exhibition’ was a recent showcase of our Chelsea Pensioners' incredible artistic skills. Organised by our Artist in Residence Grace Holliday alongside our Activities team, the exhibition featured an array of captivating works.

With an exciting month ahead as the Rugby World Cup final draws closer, we caught up with some of our own walking rugby team – the Scarlet Warriors. Made up of Chelsea Pensioners and some staff members, the team have been training weekly since their foundation in April 2023 and have already had some fantastic game successes against their competition. 

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