Prince William and Kate Middleton had a packed schedule in Mumbai yesterday, where they kicked off the start of their week-long tour of India. Their first stop was to lay a memorial wreath for the victims of the 2008 Taj Hotel terrorist attack. Next, it was an open-bus tour of the city with kids from a local charity. In the afternoon, there was a cricket match with other children (the royal couple also played), several visits to local charities, and a stop at the local entrepreneur's fair. As if that wasn't enough, there was a charity gala with Bollywood's biggest stars in the evening.
But they had time to squeeze in a totally unscheduled visit that sealed the deal with the people of Mumbai--and made these two members of the royal family even more popular (if that can be believed).
When he heard the Prince and Duchess were coming to Mumbai, the 93-year-old owner of a famous cafe called the Britannia enlisted social media's help to meet them. Boman Kohinoor is a huge fan of the British monarchy and his cafe displays many mementos of them, including letters from Queen Elizabeth. Conde Nast Traveller magazine and thousands of folks around the world helped his campaign go viral.
https://t.co/q7kSEtL702 and just to add to that I hope this landmark and sweet old man is recognised by TRHS! @CNTIndia— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) April 9, 2016
https://t.co/q7kSEtL702 and just to add to that I hope this landmark and sweet old man is recognised by TRHS! @CNTIndia
Kate and William made Kohinoor's dream come true. They met the cafe owner right before they went to the Charity Gala, chatting with him about his restaurant and his favorite dishes, Kohinoor told Conde Nast Traveller. He then asked the royal couple to give his love to the Queen and their two children.
TRH were very touched and invited him to their hotel before last night's Charity Gala #RoyalVisitIndia pic.twitter.com/05YSC1Q35O— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 11, 2016
TRH were very touched and invited him to their hotel before last night's Charity Gala #RoyalVisitIndia pic.twitter.com/05YSC1Q35O
We can't help but think that Princess Diana would have approved of this unscripted bit of kindness. Come to think of it, she would have done the same! Her spirit never changed, even as her signature looks did, as you can see by clicking on the gallery below.
This is how everyone remembers Diana--as the super-confident woman who could hold her own with rich and poor alike.