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Mumbai's dabbawalas buy turban for Harry, saree for Meghan

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Ahead of the royal in Britain, Mumbai's famed dabbawalas today indulged in a bit of shopping for and Meghan Markle, buying a "pheta" (turban) for the groom and a saree for the bride.

Taking a break from their routine of going around offices on cycles laden with lunch boxes, the dabbawalas went to a shop in Lalbaug area of central and bought the traditional Maharashtrian Paithani saree for Meghan and the famous Kolhapuri "pheta", which comes in a multitude of colors.

They chose a saffron-coloured one for the young prince, at whose father's wedding, they were among the invitees.

(33), fifth-in-line to the British throne, and (36) are set to exchange vows at the at on May 19.

The relationship of Mumbai's dabbawalas and the royal family dates back to 2003, when had come on his maiden visit to He had then met the dabbawalas and had lauded their work acumen, accuracy and punctuality and was impressed with their work

The royal family had sent an invite to the dabbawalas to attend the royal of and Camilla Parker-Bowles in April 2005.

"We brought traditional presents for the royal couple today," Subhash Talekar, of the Association said.

"We are gifting a kurta-pyjama and headgear to and the traditional nine-yard Paithani saree, mangalsutra and green glass bangles, considered auspicious for new brides, to Meghan," Talekar said.

To mark the wedding, dabbawalas will distribute sweets to the relatives of patients at some government-run hospitals in Mumbai.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 20:00 IST