Trooping the Colour

Renton man JJ Chalmers covers royal events for BBC television

Pictures by Bill Heaney from BBC TV

Prince Harry’s friend JJ Chalmers from Renton appears to have landed  a top job covering royal events for the BBC.

Following his day out to be remembered at the Royal Wedding in Windsor of the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton the hero ex-soldier was out covering the Trooping of the Colour in London today.

It seemed a fitting reward for JJ Chalmers who was “torn to pieces” by a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

After a miracle recovery from life changing injuries, minister’s son JJ went on to win gold medal at the Invictus Games.

JJ Chalmers was left fighting for his life after the explosion in 2011, which claimed the lives of two soldiers and left nine others maimed or traumatised.

The 30-year-old suffered injuries to his arms and legs, lost two fingers and was left with scars on his face and chest, where one arm was temporarily grafted to his body.

He first met Prince Harry and his new wife, Meghan, in June 2014 during a triathlon for injured veterans.

The prince persuaded him to enter the first Invictus Games that September and JJ won gold in a cycling event.  Since then the pair have grown ever closer.

Married father-of-one JJ was most recently seen on TV screens taking part in BBC Two’s Pilgrimage: The Road To Santiago and is becoming a regular on The One Show..

JJ went to school in Renton where his father, the Rev John Chalmers, was the minister of Renton Trinity Church.

Mr Chalmers is a past Moderator of the Church of Scotland and Clerk to the General Assembly in Edinburgh.

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