I too have the Royal Wedding Fever. But I don’t care about Kate’s dress, flowers and the opulence surrounding the event. I’m excited because this will be the union of two philanthropists and their wedding gift donations is an unprecedented fundraising event for the causes close to their hearts.
It’s clear the soon to be Princess Kate is set to carry on the philanthropic legacy of Princess Diana. Kate may even surpass her, aided by the internet and fueled by her enlightened Millennial generation that believes social good should be part of the Royal agenda.
Let’s remember, Diana did not have either the internet or a generation of do-gooders behind her. The Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was in the early 80s, an era some perceive as a selfish and lavish time in global consciousness (with the exception of Live Aid). The only gift people were talking about was Diana’s sapphire ring.
So when Diana worked closely with Mother Teresa, she was definitely a charitable trailblazer. It was inspiring. The way she would roll up her sleeves and got down in the dirt. How she would spend long hours with children with infectious diseases and those dying of AIDS. She reshaped the image of what it means to be a Princess and went well beyond the requisite Royal charity work. And for her efforts, she became the People’s Princess, because she actually left the palace and touched people, literally and metaphorically.
Kate has a big tiara to fill, and she’s off to an amazing start. Enter www.royalweddingcharityfund.org, where for the first time, charitable giving is the focus of a royal wedding. Public and guests alike may give to the couple’s 26 chosen charities in lieu of presents.
The charities cover five issues: support for military members and their families, arts and sports, health, environmental conservation and children’s development. On the Royal charity website, it is written that “these causes reflect the experiences, passions and values of their lives so far,”…the key words being “so far.” This is just the beginning of a long life of philanthropy. Kate has the potential to push a cause to the center of the global stage, and will probably be more powerful than Lady Gaga. Think of the lives she will change! So good luck to us all as we vie for her Royal attention.