The 93-year-old owner of Britannia & Company restaurant is a really lucky man. The biggest fan of the British Royal Family in India finally got to meet Kate Middleton and Prince William during their India trip in Mumbai.
The viral video by Condé Nast Traveller posted on social media featuring Boman Kohinoor, the 93-year-old Parsi inviting their Royal Highness to his restaurant prompted the royal couple, even out of their schedule, to invite the Anglophile at The Taj Hotel to meet them. Watch the video here.
Kohinoor shared the letters he had written to the Queen and the answers he got back by the Queen’s ladies at Windsor Castle. His restaurant has Queen’s photograph along with that of Mahatma Gandhi. The second floor has a smiling photo of Kate and Prince William, MumbaiMirror reports. The #WillKateMeetMe hashtag which he used in the video became viral.
“I met Their Royal Highnesses this evening at the Taj. They were very kind and asked me about my restaurant and my favourite dishes there,” Kohinoor told Condé Nast Traveller in an exclusive conversation. “I told them about the berry pulao and how it’s made using my late wife’s recipe. They asked me if I could cook. I said no, but I serve my customers well. I told them: give my love to the Queen, and to [your] children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, too. I wish I had more time to speak, but I’m thankful for this opportunity. And I’m grateful to [Condé Nast Traveller] for putting that video on the internet because of which this happened.”
His love for the British monarch can even be traced, surprisingly, on the year he was born. “My father opened this restaurant in 1923, the year I was born. I have been working here for 75 years,” Kohinoor says proudly. “I am 93 years old. The restaurant is also 93 years old and we have sentimental value about the royal family,” Kohinoor said.
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