Prince William recently surprised diners and the owners of an LGBTQ+ restaurant in Poland with a visit. The Prince of Wales reportedly joined his team from Kensington Palace, and they had a “great night.”
The owner, Pawel Zasim, shared his shock at seeing William and said the table had been booked for a birthday. The dinner visit has been welcomed by Poland’s queer community, who see it as a sign of allyship.
William’s visit to Poland was a surprise but was meant to emphasize Britain’s support and their “strong ties.” The Royal recently traveled to Warsaw to lay a wreath at a monument dedicated to Polish soldiers.
Read on to find out more.
Prince William Had Dinner At A Gay Restaurant
Prince William recently shocked diners at a gay eatery in Warsaw, Poland, when he and his team had dinner there on Wednesday night. The restaurant, Buetero Bistro, is described online by the owner as a “queer space.” This description explains why the diners were so surprised to see the Prince at the venue, eating a meal below $10.
Photos uploaded online by a local patron showed Prince William in a simple button-down shirt with a team of his staffers. A source from the Palace told the Daily Mail that the Prince’s team from Kensington Palace “booked a local restaurant near where they were working, and the prince decided to join them.”
The insider said Prince William had “asked them what they were doing and then asked to come along. It was a great night by all accounts. The team really appreciated him asking to join them.”
The Eatery’s Owner Was Pleasantly Surprised
Pawel Zasim, the restaurant owner, also spoke to the Daily Mail and said he was just as shocked to see William in his eatery. He said he had “absolutely no idea” about the visit and that the table was booked by a “Daisy” and 11 guests for a birthday party.
Zasim said, “But then a bodyguard appeared and said that this wasn’t going to be a Daisy birthday party, and then Prince William walked in.” He also shared that the Prince ate a “sandwich in a braided roll with pulled pork” and “ate everything” on the plate, so he must have liked it.
Prince William’s Royal Visit Was Welcomed By Poland’s Queer Community
Poland’s weathered LGBTQIA+ community has heavily welcomed William’s visit to Buetero Bistro. According to Daily Mail, the 2022 ILGA-Europe report recently noted that Poland’s queer community is among the worst and most discriminated against in European Union nations. The country also does not recognize same-sex marriages.
However, Prince William’s visit to Poland emphasized its relationship with Britain and showed its support. Poland has recently been helping thousands of refugees that were displaced from Ukraine due to its war with Russia. William met with some Polish and British soldiers stationed at the Ukrainian-Polish border.
During his visit, the Prince of Wales praised the troops’ “cooperation in support of the people of Ukraine and their freedom.” When he first landed, William said, “I also want to pay tribute to the inspiring humanity of the Polish people. You have opened your hearts as much as your homes.”
Prince William Personally Requested For The Poland Trip
According to a spokesperson for the Palace, per Daily Mail, the Poland trip was not publicized in advance and is ongoing with tight security. They shared that the Prince was very insistent on going through with the trip as he’d personally requested for it.
The last time William was in Poland was when he and Princess Kate Middleton visited Warsaw in 2017. On the 22nd, William visited Rzeszow before he reached Warsaw. Rzeszow is just a few miles from the Ukrainian border, where he spoke to the soldiers.
Then on the 23rd, the Prince laid a wreath at a monument called the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” which is a monument dedicated to fallen soldiers in Poland. In 1996, Queen Elizabeth II and the late Duke of Edinburgh also placed a wreath on the same monument when they had a state visit to Poland.