Mumbai cafe owner Boman Kohinoor one of India’s biggest fans of the British royal family, died on Wednesday.
The Parsi restaurateur “was suffering from cardiac issues and passed away at 4:45 pm (1115 GMT),” an official from Parsee General Hospital said.
Boman Kohinoor was the star of a social media campaign in 2016 when his dream came true. He met Prince William and his wife Kate during their week-long trip to India and Bhutan.
“It is heartbreaking to report that the love of our life, Mr Boman Rashid Kohinoor, senior partner of Britannia & Co Restaurant, passed away at Parsee General Hospital,” Mumbai-based blogger BombayWallah tweeted.
“He was 97 years old & Bombay’s most beloved inhabitant.”
Boman Kohinoor’s father opened Britannia & Co Restaurant in Mumbai in 1923 and Mr Kohinoor worked there his whole life. The decor reflected his love of the British royals.
On the wall was a large, framed photograph of Queen Elizabeth II and next to it a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.
The restaurant also had a giant cardboard cut-out of a grinning Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Kohinoor wrote regular letters to Queen Elizabeth over the years and even received a reply from one of her representatives at Windsor Castle, an official royal residence.
Kohinoor had a granddaughter named after William’s late mother Princess Diana.
Source : Various