Prince Charles shocked some Narborough Road businesses with unexpected visit

By Elliot Leadbetter

Prince Charles surprised the manager of a Leicester restaurant with an unannounced visit, before trying some of the eatery’s homemade treats.

His Royal Highness made several visits across Leicestershire on Wednesday, including a meeting with a former Afghan refugee, Baseer Omarkhil Khan, 16, who trekked across Europe to make it to Britain.

However, his final visit was kept secret until his car arrived outside Westcotes Library, in Narborough Road.

City mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, and Leicester West MP, Liz Kendall, greeted the Prince of Wales in the library before he went on to speak to local business owners who greeted him with a food hamper.

After word of his arrival quickly spread, the Prince was observed visiting local businesses including Cake Box and a Turkish restaurant called Istanbul.

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Servet Kilincarslan, the manager of Istanbul Restaurant in Narborough Road, said: “It was really nice to meet him.

“We weren’t expecting him. We were informed that someone was going to visit but because of security reasons we weren’t sure who it would be and then they told us one hour before that it would be Prince Charles.

“We served him homemade baklava and he really liked it. He said it was very sweet but ate all of it.”

Prince Charles’ surprise appearance in Narborough Road came after it was named the most multi-cultural street in the UK, in 2016.

According to research conducted by the London School of Economics (LSE), there were 222 shops being run by owners with a combined 23 different nationalities.

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