26 Charities in Line for a Royal Gift from William and Kate's Special Wedding List

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Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton revealed their alternative wedding list today -- 26 charities who could make thousands from their marriage.

The royal couple have picked good causes from a London Zoo project to save the black rhino in Kenya -- where they were engaged -- to a bereavement charity working with children of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

The fund is aimed at well-wishers who will not attend the wedding but want to send the couple a present. The 1,700 on the guestlist will be able use it as an alternative to a formal gift. Many of the charities aim to help children escape poverty or reach their potential, such as Dance United, which teaches young offenders from inner-city London and street children in Ethiopia.

Today William and Kate set up the website royalweddingcharityfund.org. It will benefit charities in Britain, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. William arrives in New Zealand tomorrow to view the devastation, and flies to flood-hit Australia at the weekend.

The Household Cavalry Benevolent Fund and the Irish Guards Appeal are also on the list. William was recently made colonel of the Irish Guards. Also benefiting is Greenhouse, which was set up on a housing estate in 2002 and uses sport and dance to boost the aspirations of London's young "dispossessed". It said donations made via the wedding fund would enable it to employ more coaches.

Greenhouse chief executive Michael de Giorgio added: "The royal couple have shown the level of social entrepreneurialism that will be required to tackle the most pressing social problems.

With their support, these important charities will be given the opportunity to grow at a time when our work is more important than ever. …


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