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article imageRoyal couple raises $1 million for charity, set to visit Canada

By Christopher Bates     Jun 22, 2011 in World
Twenty-six charities will benefit from the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who opted to set up a gift fund as opposed to receiving traditional wedding presents.
William and Kate have raised a total of £1,058,367 ($1,707,569), which will benefit organizations supporting several causes, such as changing lives through arts and sport, fulfilling children's potential, help and care at home, support for service personnel and their families, and conservation for future generations.
The organizations, however, will not be restricted to the United Kingdom, as the newlyweds are determined to represent global change. Charities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand are all set to be included – countries Prince William has visited throughout his 29-year life.
The money will be distributed through the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, most of which was initially donated through the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund website. It has been reported that each charity will receive in the region of £40,000 ($64,536) each.
A spokesman for St James's Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted that these charities are able to benefit so positively from their special day. 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."
On their first tour as a married couple, William and Kate are set to hit Canada on June 30. They will visit seven cities in five provinces, before heading to California on July 8.
As announced by Heritage Minister James Moore on Tuesday, they will be welcomed with a Canadian barbecue at Rideau Hall.
Speaking on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage, a representative said: "...[hopefully], upon their departure, they will come to regard Canada as their second home - a term of endearment often used by The Queen to describe her special bond of affection for and pride in this country".
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the noon-hour concert on Parliament Hill on Canada Day, watch a dragon boat race, participate in activities at Prince Edward Island’s Dalvay by the Sea, and visit a children's hospital in Montreal. Most notably, they will work with 'Maison Dauphin', an affiliate of William's 'Centrepoint' charity. Both organizations strive to tackle the increasing amount of homeless youths.
1,300 journalists are expected to flock to Canada for the visit, including media from China, India, Japan and Qatar.
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