An 80-year-old Pakistani carpenter, Mr. Noor Husain, who carved a wooden bed for Britain's Princess?
An 80-year-old Pakistani carpenter, Mr. Noor Husain, who carved a wooden bed for Britain's Princess Anne but was deported when he tried to present it last year, was back in London on Monday (10 June) to hear a message of acceptance from Princess Anne as he stood by the beautiful bed.
His first visit last December was a catastrophe. He arrived without the bed because it had been air-freighted to the wrong destination, he was robbed of his life savings in Turkey and British officials deported him without letting him fulfill his ambition of seeing Queen Elizabeth.
Hearing of Husain's plight, a Conservative member of parliament, Mr. Patrick Cormack, set up an appeal fund to raise GBP 600 for mr. Husain to return. Meanwhile, Princess Anne accepted the gift of the bed.
Mr. Husain is to stay in London for two weeks. The first week he will spend as the guest of Royal Horse Artillery and the second with the Pakistani community.
On Monday, Mr. Cormack read a letter of thanks from Princess Anne as Mr. Husain stood by the bed in a showroom in London.
Mr. Husain spoke through an interpreter.
SYNOPSIS: A flashback to December nineteen seventy-three, when zealous royalist, Mr. Noor Husain came to London to see the Queen. That visit was a catastrophe - from beginning to end. As well as seeing the Queen, Mr. Husain also planned to present a wedding gift to her daughter, Princess Anne. The present was a hand-carved bed, lovingly made by Mr. Husain back home in Pakistan.
However, Mr. Husain's troubles began when the bed was air freighted to the wrong place. Then he was robbed of his life savings in Turkey.
And so, without bed, money or the memory of having met Queen Elizabeth, Mr. Husain was unceremoniously deported back to Pakistan. But, the story of Mr. Husain and the hand-carved bed fit for a Princess did not end there.
On Monday, Mr. Husain was back in London - with the bed. The return visit was largely engineered by Conservative Member of parliament, Mr. Patrick Cormack, who opened a fund to raise six hundred pounds for Mr. Husain's fares. In the meantime, Princess Anne had accepted the gift. But what was behind Mr. Husain's determination?
Eighty year old Mr. Husain still hasn't met the Queen - but his loyalty remains rock steady.