Prince Charles makes surprise visit to Narborough Road and meets young Afghan refugee

Prince Charles has made a surprise visit to Narborough Road in Leicester today to meet local traders and see one of the most diverse communities in the country.

In 2016, Narborough Road was named the most multi-cultural street in the UK following research by the London School of Economics.

The popular high street features more than 200 shops and represents at least 23 nationalities and has been dubbed “a United Nations of shopkeepers”.

Shopkeepers hail from countries including Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Zambia, Iran, Poland, India, Malawi and Kurdistan and 79 per cent of proprietors speak two languages, while 63 per cent speak three or more.


Prince Charles also met a young Afghan refugee. The sixteen-year-old first arrived in the UK aged 11 and was unable to speak English. He completed his studies with the help of the Prince’s Trust charity.

The young boy has settled with new foster parents in Leicester.

Prince Charles’s visit to the county also included a visit to St Philip’s Church in Evington and the City of Leicester College.