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Royal Wedding Raises More Than $1.6 Million For Charities


Jun. 22 2011, Published 7:15 a.m. ET

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More than just history was made at April's royal wedding.

St James's Palace on Wednesday said that Prince William and Kate raised more than 1 million British pounds, or about $1.61 million in American dollars, for charities as they tied the knot April 29.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had told their fans worldwide that in lieu of presents, they could donate to one of 26 approved charities via their Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund website.

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Among the causes they chose included the arts, sports, home care, military personnel and their families and children’s needs, for charities based throughout England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted that these charities are able to benefit so positively from their special day,” a palace rep said Wednesday. "They would like to thank everyone who donated and contributed so generously to the charitable fund and for all the kindness and support shown to them throughout the wedding period."


As previously reported, the young lovers wed at Westminster Abbey April 29 as an estimated worldwide audience of 2 billion people watched.


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