The Chelsea Pensioners
The Chelsea Pensioners are the iconic faces of the UK’s veteran community. They reside here at the Royal Hospital Chelsea the home of Live at Chelsea, their 300-year-old home founded by Charles II, in the heart of London.
At the Royal Hospital Chelsea, they offer excellent accommodation, comradeship and the highest standards of care for veterans in recognition of their loyal service to the Nation. Any former soldier of the British Army over the age of 65, who is facing spending their advanced years alone, can apply for residence as an In-Pensioner. For admissions criteria please click here.
Some 300 army veterans live at the Royal Hospital today, including those who have served in Korea, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and World War II. Others may not have served in campaigns, but all understand what it means to be a soldier and the potential sacrifice that it entails.
The Royal Hospital is a Grade I and II listed site, a beautiful architectural legacy left to us by Charles II and Sir Christopher Wren. Maintenance of the site continues today with ongoing restoration work to ensure that this legacy lives on into the future.
With your help, we can ensure we are here for the next generation of veterans.
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