Boman Kohinoor, the owner of Mumbai cafe arguably India’s biggest fan of the British royal family, died at the age of 93 on Wednesday said the officials. An official from Parsee General Hospital told reporters that the Parsi restaurateur “was suffering from cardiac issues and passed away at 4:45 pm (1115 GMT).”
Mr. Kohinoor was the star of a social media campaign in 2016 when his dream come true. During their week-long trip to India and Bhutan, he met Prince William and his wife Kate. Mumbai-based blogger BombayWallah tweeted, “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.”
“He was 97 years old & Bombay’s most beloved inhabitant,” he added.
In the year of 1923, Boman Kohinoor’s father opened Britannia & Co Restaurant and Mr. Kohinoor worked there his whole life. In the decor of the restaurant, his love for British Royal clearly revealed.
On the wall, he hung a framed photograph of Queen Elizabeth II and next to it a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. The restaurant also had a large, framed photograph of Queen Elizabeth II and next to it a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.
In the restaurant, one can also find a giant cardboard cut-out of a grinning Prince William and Kate Middleton. Mr. Kohinoor wrote regular letters to Queen Elizabeth over the years and even representatives at Windsor Castle, an official royal residence.
Mr. Kohinoor had a granddaughter named after William’s late mother Princess Diana.