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Saturday, 11 November, 2000, 09:20 GMT
Thai prince orders British takeaway
Theatre in Stratford on Avon
Stratford: home of Shakespeare and Thai cuisine
Staff at a Thai restaurant in the central English town of Stratford-upon-Avon have been surprised to receive an order from the Crown Prince of Thailand.


I suppose that what the prince likes, he gets

Restaurant spokesman
Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn asked them to fly 350 classical Thai ingredients more than 9,000 km to Bangkok.

A spokesman for the Thai Kingdom restaurant said the unusual request followed a visit by the 49-year-old prince to the English town last month.

"It may seem a long way to fly food, but I suppose that what the prince likes, he gets," the spokesman said.

"If he's happy, everybody else is happy. It's a great honour, especially for the staff.

"They are gobsmacked," he added.

Uncooked

A Thai embassy official in London said the prince had been impressed by the food during his visit.

Thai floating market
Locally available ingredients would not do
Embassy officials who travelled to Stratford from London to collect the delicacies said that they had been prepared, but left uncooked.

"This is certainly the first time we have had these sort of instructions from the Royal Family or anyone else in Thailand," an embassy spokeswoman told The Times newspaper.

Stratford, with its Swan theatre, is best known as the birthplace of the English playwright, William Shakespeare.

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