The UK's leading Buddhist who is based in Chiswick will be attending the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey.
The current Head Priest of the London Buddhist Vihara in The Avenue, Chiswick, believes that he is the first Buddhist to be invited to a royal occasion of this size and cannot wait for the day when all eyes will be on London.
The Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala said: "It is a very historic occasion and I am very honoured and excited to be asked to be a part of it.
Hopefully I will be given a car to drive there but otherwise I will just have to get the tube like everyone else."
The Head Priest will be representing more than 150,000 Buddhists in the UK, as well as the hundreds of millions of followers worldwide, quite an honour for a man who says he never even thought about becoming a monk.
The son of a farmer and teacher from a poor village in the north west of Sri Lanka, Seelawimala had no idea he would one day be representing Buddhists from all over the world, he said: "I never thought about being a monk. I was born a Buddhist but I had no plans to go any further.
"But then one day a respected leader came to our house after hearing I was a good Buddhist and asked if I would like to study at the monastery. I practised there for a few months, enjoyed it and stayed."
Seelawimala went on to attend the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, graduating in 1975. He then gained an MA and began to teach in various schools.
He came to the UK in 1992 after a place in the London Buddhist Vihara became available. The Vihara, housed in a one-time Victorian mansion in Chiswick, was the first Buddhist monastery to be created outside the Asian continent.
Set up in 1926 the monastery now houses five monks, four from Sri Lanka and one from Austria, as well as Seelawimala himself and services more than 1,000 Buddhists in the area.
The wedding on April 29 will not be the leading Buddhists first brush with royalty. He has previously met the Queen and Williams dad The Prince of Wales.
Prince Charles, who visited the Vihara in 2005 following the Boxing Day tsunami, was said to be very interested, Seelawimala said: He is a very warm hearted man, he was very interested in Buddhism and asked some great questions.
He was very keen to know about meditation and how hard it was sit with your knees crossed for so long.
With Buddhism increasing in popularity Seelawimala is interested to see what the census reveals about the Buddhist population in the UK at the moment, he said: Buddhism is in demand, there are many people at our meditation groups and other classes. The Buddha statue is used everywhere, even as a garden ornament, and it is such a symbol of peace that people just like to have it there.