It was a big day for Kanti Nagda, MBE when his name was announced, as the recipient for services to charities in the UK for which he was being decorated and be congratulated at an Investiture by HRH Princess Ann at the ST. James’s Palace in the presence of Lord Chamberlain, The Right Honourable The Lord Parker of Minsmere, GCVO, KCB.
Prior to being summoned for the investiture, Nagda witnessed live music played by The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, conducted by Captain Sarah Marinescu. Her Royal Highness invested 35 recipients and gave Insignia reflecting the class to which they were appointed.
Princess Ann’s first question during the conversation with Nagda was, “Have you been back to Uganda since you arrived to the UK in 1972?”
Kanti Nagda, founder of Sangat Centre in Harrow came to settle in the UK when he was forced to leave Uganda in 1972 by the then ruler, Idi Amin, who expelled around 26000 Asians. Nagda was recognised in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours list for 2020. The investiture was delayed until last week due to Covid-19. Nagda who has been doing a significant amount of charity work in the UK said, “When I initially arrived in 1972, I focused on helping people, like myself, who had emigrated to this country but since I have set my sight on helping everyone in the community.”
Speaking about the event he said, “ I was amazed and found it incredible at the background information remembered by the Royals”, and added,” it was an event of joy and proud to be remembered forever.”