Ordinarily, Chelsea Pensioners get involved with a host of remembrance events across the UK and overseas. The Remembrance period is one of the busiest times of the year for the Royal Hospital, with the Chelsea Pensioners usually travelling all over the world, as well as volunteering to help raise funds for the Royal British Legion, by selling poppies, in remembrance of their fallen comrades. Sadly this year will be very different due to the ongoing pandemic and so commemorations will be scaled back.

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HRH, The Prince Philip - Duke of Edinburgh Painting
Chelsea Pensioners share recollections of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Royal Hospital Chelsea community continues to send our thoughts and condolences to the Royal Family at this difficult time. Many of our Chelsea Pensioners were fortunate enough to meet HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal Hospital’s Founder’s Day celebrations or through his other official duties.

Infirmary Bombing
Remembering the Soane Infirmary bombing

Today marks 80 years following the bombing of the Royal Hospital’s Infirmary during the Second World War. The magnificent Infirmary, which once stood on the current site of the National Army Museum, was hit by a parachute bomb on 16 April 1941 – destroying most of the building and tragically ending the lives of 13 people.


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