Normally at weddings, the bride and groom set up a registry and guests give the newlyweds silverware sets, butter dishes, and expensive serving spoons. But what to give the royal couple who already has everything?
When Kate Middleton and Prince William got married they set up the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund where guests and the general public could donate to the fund, which would then benefit 26 charities.
The fund officially closed on May 31, and the Palace tells us that around $1.7 million has been raised. The donations were made from a combination of donations to the fund, monies paid directly to individual charities, and sales of the official Royal Wedding Album and portraits of the couple taken by photographer Mario Testino.
Most of the money was donated by members of the public. A spokesperson for the couple says, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted that these charities are able to benefit so positively from their special day.”
When the public went to the website to donate to the fund, they could choose to donate to one of the following categories of need: support for military families, children, wildlife conservation, the arts and sports, and help and care at home.
Even if you don’t care about the royal couple, you can’t deny that the royal wedding drummed up so much money for philanthropic needs.