A lifelong royal fan who moved to Wales from Bangladesh more than 50 years ago says he is “extremely proud” of his son for receiving the royal award.
Mohammed Alamgir Ahmed, 42, from Cardiff, received the Crowning Champion Award for volunteer work.
His father, Samsu Miah, 67, will attend a garden party with him at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
“I’m very, very happy and excited. I never thought I would meet the King in my life,” Samsu said.
Samsu grew up in a small fishing village in Bangladesh, but moved to Cardiff in 1969 – just in time to go to Caernarfon, Gwynedd, for Prince Charles to be crowned Prince of Wales the same year.
He said: “I’ve seen the Queen and Prince of Wales, they say ‘hello, how are you?’, so you know, I’m proud I’ve seen them both in my life. “
Samsu’s son, Mohammed, said he remembers growing up in the family home with pictures of the royal family alongside pictures of himself and his siblings on the wall.
Mohammed, who runs a tech recruitment company, was one of 500 people – 29 in Wales – to receive the Crowning Champion award.
He has been nominated for his community work, including volunteering with children and young people, at Dar-Ul-Isra Mosque in Cathays, Cardiff.
He said: “It’s really an honor, I feel proud and humbled for that. It’s also a big step forward because people from the black and minority communities are underrepresented. many of these things.
“Myself at the garden party, with my father as a guest, would be great, whether we meet the King or not would be great.”
Mohammed is not the only son of Samsu with royal connections.
Dr Abdul-Azim Ahmed, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Wales, was one of the few to greet the King in Llandaff as he arrived in Wales to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“I’m very proud, one son will meet the King at a garden party and another will pick them up, so I’m very proud and happy and I think it’s a very wonderful thing,” Samsu said. speak.