King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla host reception for the British Asian community in Edinburgh
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King Charles III has received praises after his first reception as a monarch held at the Holyrood House in Edinburgh on Monday.
The King and Queen Consort met over 300 people from the British South Asian Community. They joined a reception in the Great Gallery where they met guests of British Indian, Pakistani, Bangladesh, Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Bhutanese and Maldivian heritage from across the UK to recognise the contribution that these communities have made to the National Health Service, Arts, Media, Education, Business and the Armed Forces.
Shahid Khan also known professionally as Naughty Boy, who is a DJ of South Asian heritage, was one of the first people to meet the King.
He went with his mother, 68, who was touched by their conversation and the DJ hailed Charles as the “people’s King”.
The King has been involved with British Asian communities for many years through his work with The British Asian Trust, which he founded in 2007 with a group of British Asian business leaders, to tackle widespread poverty, inequality and injustice and support disadvantaged communities in South Asia.
The King met the guests for over an hour and also spoke to representatives from Leicester following the widely-reported tensions between the Muslim and Hindu communities.
Rob Nixon, Leicestershire Police’s chief constable, said: “He was obviously appreciative of what our role has been in terms of policing, and he was very, very interested in hearing the community voice and how the communities are working together to bring back harmony.”
Bobby Nwanze, 33, chairman of the BAME Network at City of Edinburgh Council and a freelance sports reporter said that it was a “great afternoon”.
He added, “I think we can honestly say the country’s changing, it’s very much changing in terms of diversity, opportunity and also inclusion.”