St James Palace, today, issued a statement to say that the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, raised more than one million British pounds, or about $1.61 million in American dollars, all for charity.
How was the money raised?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had told their fans worldwide that instead of sending them presents, they could donate to one of 26 approved charities via their Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund website.
The young couple were keen to be associated with a more modern, socially aware monarchy, and to do some good for charity rather than to receive a whole range of gifts they had no use for. Therefore, they came up with this idea of a donation to charity.
Represented among the causes were the arts, sports, home care, military personnel and their families and children’s needs. The selected charities were based throughout England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted that these charities are able to benefit so positively from their special day,” a palace rep said today. “They would like to thank everyone who donated and contributed so generously to the charitable fund and for all the kindness and support shown to them throughout the wedding period.”
What a generous couple!