Forget about the toasters, gravy boats and candlesticks if you were planning on sending a present to the royal couple. Prince William and Catherine Middleton on Wednesday requested charitable gifts instead of wedding presents.
Not that the couple would need more traditional wedding gifts - we're sure Buckingham Palace has that covered - but it is great to hear that the modern British royals have opted for a more benevolent approach as they pre-empt the flood of extravagant gifts that typically are gifted at royal weddings.
The statement by Clarence House said the couple is "touched by the goodwill shown them" and "have set up a charitable gift fund for those who very generously may wish to donate to charity to help the couple celebrate their wedding." A total of 26 charities have been personally chosen by Kate and William (see complete list below).
The 29th April wedding is set to reflect the state of Britain and perhaps the world - a time of economic uncertainty and philanthropic need - and the list includes charitable causes in the UK as well as some in Canada, Australia and New Zealand that reflect the couple's close ties to and affection for the three countries.
The couple famously got engaged while on holiday in Kenya which is reflected in charities focusing on wildlife conservation in Africa and beyond.
If you would like to donate to the happy couple, you can do so through the official website www.royalweddingcharityfund.org.
The full list of charities that will benefit from the fund is as follows:
- Peace Players
- Ocean Youth Trust
- Greenhouse Schools
- Oily Cart
- Dance United
- Venture Trust
- Beat Bullying
- A National Voice
- Association for Children's Palliative Care (ACT)
- Youth Access
- Community Foundation in Wales
- Community Foundation in Scotland
- Community Foundation in Berkshire
- Combat Stress
- Cruse Bereavement Care for Children of Forces' Families
- Household Cavalry Benevolent Fund
- Irish Guards Appeal
- Army Widows Association
- Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
- The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary
- New Zealand Government's Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
- Royal Flying Doctor Service - Australia
This article first appeared on Bridalwave.tv