Once again internet made it happen! Internet backed this 2-min video and gave 93-year-old ‘Britannia Uncle’ the chance of a lifetime.
It may take a while, but dreams do come true.
The owner of Mumbai’s iconic Britannia & Co. restaurant finally met the British Royal family on Sunday, fulfilling the 93-year-old fan’s long-held fantasy. Kohinoor was invited by Prince William and Kate Middleton for an out-of-schedule meeting at The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai.
“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 a 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.”
The royal rendezvous took place after this video went viral. In the film, Kohinoor, who calls himself “the Royal family’s fan number 1”, invited Their Royal Highnesses to his restaurant for a meal.
Here’s a video that made him meet the Royals.
In just three days, Kohinoor’s invitation was ‘liked’, ‘shared’ and ‘tweeted’ by thousands across the world, urging the Royal couple to meet their adorable fan.
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
This 93-Year-Old Man Is Adorably Using Twitter For A Chance To Meet Kate Middleton https://t.co/2AWSW6q8Ns pic.twitter.com/eBJdy5og2W
— BuzzFeed India (@BuzzFeedIndia) April 8, 2016
For Will and Kate, an Invite from the 93-year-old owner of Mumbai restaurant https://t.co/ojutaq2Omr pic.twitter.com/xCxYCBn7EK
— NDTV (@ndtv) April 8, 2016
So cute I had to share! “Will the Royal family visit Britannia?” https://t.co/UeWulcKvc0 via @CNTIndia
— Ann (@aquirkylife) April 8, 2016
#WillKatMeetMe Meet him please 🙂 https://t.co/LzVcsV4boL
— Mehak Srivastava (@MehakS23) April 8, 2016
Word spread, the cheers grew and finally, on Sunday, the phone rang. And Finally, he met the Dutch and Duchess of Cambridge.