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Royal birth footman in visa sweat

By Tony Jones

A Buckingham Palace footman who helped announce the birth of Prince George is waiting to learn if his visa will be renewed, according to reports.

Badar Azim, a 25-year-old hospitality management graduate who grew up in a Calcutta slum, played a starring role in telling the world about the new royal baby.

Pictures of Mr Azim helping Ailsa Anderson, the Queen's Press secretary, place the official notice on an ornate easel were used in publications across the globe. The footman is trying to renew his visa which expires in October.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment and a Home Office spokesman said it did not comment on individual cases.

But he added: "Each application is looked at and judged on its own merits."

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