Prince Andrew visits home for destitute in Kolkata

Madhyamgram (West Bengal), May 3: Prince Andrew, the second son of British Queen Elizabeth II, Thursday visited a home for the destitute here in North 24 Parganas district and was overwhelmed by the “amazing” talents of the inmates there.

“I thank you all for providing me this opportunity to see the amazing talents you have. It has been a pleasure to come here and watch you and your amazing work,” said the prince during his visit to the home Nijoloy in Madhyamgram, about 20 km from Kolkata. Supported by the British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata, Nijoloy houses 76 inmates.

The Duke, who is currently on a week-long visit to India, watched with rapt interest the crafts of the inmates which were on display. The inmates’ works included leather craft, block printed sarees and bakery goods. He also tried his hand at block printing, much to the delight of the children.

“I am not that bad at it,” said the prince after stamping a print on a saree as the children clapped in appreciation.

He also presented two illustrated story books titled “Little Red’s Summer Adventure” written by his former wife Sarah Fergusson, to two of the children.

“My children have sent these books which are written by their mother (Sarah). This is a gift from my family to your family,” he said handing over the books to two delighted little kids.

Andrew congratulated the home for its effort in rescuing and looking after trafficked and orphaned girls and children of AIDS victims.

“The job you are doing is much needed and highly commendable and appreciable. Some of the problems may not be as common to me as to you but I learnt a lot coming here. The work you are doing, especially in preventing trafficking of girls, is highly appreciable,” said the prince.

Andrew, who spent nearly an hour at the home, also enjoyed a cultural programme presented by the girl inmates.

He is scheduled to leave for Chennai Thursday evening.

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