Daily Archives: March 2, 2011

Heck of a Gift Registry

What does a royal wedding have in common with acts of kindness? According to several news reports, Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton will ask well-wishers to make donations to charity in lieu of wedding gifts this spring.

It makes good sense. After all, the 1947 union of Elizabeth and Philip inspired over 2,500 wedding gifts from all over the world. Thirty-four years later, more than 6,000 gifts were sent to celebrate the 1981 nuptials of Chuck and Di. See a trend here? By this rate, William and Kate could have expected close to fifteen thousand pieces of jewellery, silverware, china and furniture.

That’s a lot for a feather-duster to handle. No wonder this year’s engaged royals want to stem the tide if they can.

And it’s a win-win situation. Not only does charitable giving make a difference to those in need, but I’ll bet it also takes some of the pressure off the wedding guests. After all, what do you give to the prince who has everything? A jewel-encrusted fondue set? He’d probably get seven of them.

When I celebrated my 40th birthday (very, very recently, if you must know), I asked for party guests to donate cash to a little boy in need, instead of bringing a gift. We collected hundreds of dollars. After researching my fundraiser online, I knew that I definitely hadn’t invented the idea. Neither did Wills and Kate. But by making their request widely known, this high-profile couple may inspire thousands of other charitable celebrations around the world.

It seems His Royal Highness has a highly developed Royal Conscience.

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