Mumbai's dabbawalas have sent a traditional Paithani saree for Meghan Markle. (Reuters)
Mumbai's iconic dabbawalas
or lunch box carriers celebrated the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
on Saturday by distributing sweets to the families of patients at the city's government hospitals.
have also sent a salwar kurta
and a pheta
or turban as wedding gifts for Prince Harry
and a traditional Paithani saree in yellow and green for Meghan Markle.
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged wedding vows at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, millions of people around the world watched the ceremony online and on television. On Saturday, bystanders at three government hospitals got sweets along with their free-of-cost food that the dabbawalas
distribute every day.
Prince Harry ushered Meghan Markle after their wedding to the royal carriage (AFP)
"Though we were not invited (for the wedding), this was our way of expressing our happiness on the occasion," Subhash Talekar, spokesperson of the Mumbai Dabbawala Association said.
formed a special bond with the British royals 15 years ago when Prince Charles, Prince Harry's father, met them in Mumbai. In 2003, Prince Charles had met the dabbawalas
and had praised their work acumen, accuracy and punctuality, and was impressed with their work culture.
Students of a Mumbai art school give finishing touches to a painting ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. (Reuters)
"We have an emotional bond with the British royal family. Prince Charles had invited us for his wedding some years ago. The royal family treated us with a lot of respect when we attended the wedding," Mr Talekar said.
Mumbai's dabbawalas distributed sweets among the relatives of patients at government hospitals.
Children at Mumbai's Gurukul School of Art painted posters of the royal couple and Queen Elizabeth.
Nearly five thousand dabbawalas
deliver around two lakh lunch boxes to offices in Mumbai every day. They are known for their flawless delivery system, which has been studied by global management experts.(With inputs from PTI)
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