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Calcutta-born Palace Footman who announced Royal Birth returns to India after visa runs out

The Calcutta-born Buckingham Palace footman who helped announce the birth of the Royal Baby has had to return to India after his work visa ran out.

Badar Azim, 25, was pictured around the world putting up the official bulletin proclaiming the arrival of Prince George inside the gates of the Palace last Monday.

Mr Azim is believed to have now given up his job and left his apartment located inside the grounds of the Palace after his two-year Post Study Work (PSW) visa expired.

PSW visa holders had previously been able to apply for Permanent Residency in Britain but stricter immigration rules introduced last year took away that privilege.

Mr Azim had reportedly tried unsuccessfully to extend his visa and has returned to live in the two rooms he shares with nine other members of his family in a Calcutta slum

Mr Azim came to Britain as a student after being given a place at Edinburgh’s Napier University to study for the final year of a hospitality management degree.

His old school, the St Mary’s Orphanage and Day School, run by the Irish Congregation of Christian Brothers, raised £10,000 to send him to Scotland under Napier’s India Partnership, which brings disadvantaged students from India to study in Britain.

After graduating in June 2011, he applied for a job as a footman at Buckingham Palace, and started there in February 2012.

Before he left for Scotland, Mr Azim shared two rooms with his father Mohammed Rahim, a 52-year-old welder, his mother Mumtaz Begum, 41, brothers Mazhar, 20, and Sameer, 14, and four other family members.

It was by chance that he happened to help announce the royal birth – the Palace had a rota of footmen who were scheduled to be on duty and Mr Azim happened to be the one who was on duty at the time the birth was announced.



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