A Bo’ness man is on more than just nodding terms with the Queen and Prince Philip, to name-drop but two of the Royal family he has worked for.
Robert Chalmers, (74), a retired coachman with the Royal Stables in London, has taken part in literally every major event requiring the use of carriages.
These include 23 openings of Parliament and 23 Lord Mayor’s Shows. And Robert led the procession at the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
He also drove carriages at the weddings of Charles and Diana and Andrew and Sarah and drove the Queen to St Paul’s Cathedral for the church service marking the Queen Mum’s 80th birthday.
When he retired aged 60, he was invited to tea with the Queen and Prince Philip and, as a personal thanks, received a signed photo of the couple.
Robert started his career in 1959 when he worked in the Royal Mews at Windsor Castle before transferring to Buckingham Palace as a junior liveryman. In recognition of his service he was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal.