Kate Middleton and Prince William happen to be one of our favorite couples, and their request for donations in lieu of royal wedding gifts has made us love them even more. Recognizing that they have everything they could ever want or need (or at least have the means to acquire everything they could ever want or need), the pair has set up a charity gift fund for their upcoming nuptials.
They chose 26 charities, which are grouped into five categories ranging from “children fulfilling their potential” to “conservation for future generations.” Donors can give to individual charities, entire categories or multiple charities within categories. They can also make general donations. According to the official royal wedding website:
Many of the charities are little known, without existing Royal Patronage, and undertake excellent work within specific communities. They are charities that have a particular resonance with Prince William and Miss Middleton and reflect issues in which the couple have been particularly interested in their lives to date.
Selected organizations include the Army Widows’ Association (which speaks to William’s military experience) and Beat Bullying (Kate was reportedly a victim of bullying during her childhood). This is in stark contrast to the gifts Prince Charles and Princess Diana asked for — their wedding registry included “a gourmet barbecue set and pair of Cockatoos.”
[AP via HuffPost Style]