Why did Kate and William turn down wedding gifts?
For the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince William and his bride-to-be ask that well-wishers consider a donation to charity in lieu of gifts. They support 26 different charities that the prince and his bride-to-be believe account for their passions and interests and experiences in their lives together so far.
The Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund (also called the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund) is a non-profit organization dedicating to helping the poor, to improve the lives of children, and more. Well-wishers may choose one of five broad areas for their charitable donations, and they may specify a preference if they like. Donates will be distributed according to the needs of the charities involved, the intents of well-wishers, and the funds available, all as determined by a board of trustees.
The fund is focused on five charities in particular chosen by the couple, Reuters reports, however there are 26 charities supported in all, and donations to any one of them will be much appreciated by the couple, who want to support the poor, relief in nations plagued by disasters, environmental sustainability, green conservation, and more:
Changing Lives through Arts and Sport; Children Fulfilling Their Potential; Help and Care at Home; Support for Service Personnel and Their Families; and Conservation for Future Generations.
The charitable donations plan has been in the works since early this year. “When the invitations are issued, they will have some kind of instruction on how to make a donation to a charity chosen by the couple,” said a senior royal aide, according to the UK Telegraph. One of the charities offered was The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. Naturally, well-wishers have been encouraged to make charitable donations even if they are not guests at the wedding.
In the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, it says:
[...] If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13, verse 3. [...]
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
It seems to us that Prince William and Kate Middleton have the right idea. They not only are giving, but they are giving out of genuine love and not to be lauded. In fact, one could say that they are going as far opposite of boasting as one possibly could. They are turning this royal wedding into not only a people’s wedding, but a world’s wedding. Congratulations.
LIST OF CHARITIES SUPPORTED BY PRINCE WILLIAM AND MISS CATHERINE MIDDLETON:
Please considering a charitable donation to any of the organizations listed here. A complete list of charities supported by Prince William and Kate, for the Royal Wedding, through the Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund, as reported by the Guardian, are as follows:
- Peace Players
- Ocean Youth Trust
- Greenhouse Schools
- Oily Cart
- Dance United
- Into University
- 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
- Zoological Society of London
- The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary
- New Zealand government’s Christchurch earthquake appeal
- Royal Flying Doctor Service – Australia