So, I was up watching late night television last night. I get a whopping 12 stations, one of which is French, but that’s besides the point. I thought David Letterman had it right when he said “I can’t tell if I don’t care about about the royal wedding or if I couldn’t care less.” Up until today, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding was not on my priority list. A friend of mine suggested I write about it, so I decided to do some research, somewhat reluctantly.
As I perused the Offical website, I came across something familiar to me. Charity! While many couples struggle to fund their weddings (and wind up holding Stag and Doe type events), the royal couple has more than enough disposable income. They did, indeed, find a way to tug at my heart strings. William and Kate have chosen the Zoological Society of London as one of the recipients of their Charitable Gift Fund. Donations to the Zoological Society of London will go to protect endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger, the Black Rhino, and my personal favourite, the African elephant.
The wedding, taking place this Friday, April 29th, is almost 30 years after the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Princess Diana always had a presence in the charitable world and it’s nice to see she passed that tendency onto her son. The wedding has already drawn visitors of approximately 800,000. London has been preparing for months. In the midst of all the glitz and glamour, I hope the droves of people stop and notice the alternatives for wedding gifts that Prince William and his bride-to-be have offered. They will, after all, be bombarded with gifts. Maybe a donation to their charitable fund is a more beneficial and sustainable choice. Then again, that elephant picture up there might be making me a little biased.