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Kate Middleton and Prince William smile as they visit Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station at Anglesey on February 24, 2011 in Trearddur, Wales. (Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton and Prince William smile as they visit Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station at Anglesey on February 24, 2011 in Trearddur, Wales. (Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

How much did Will and Kate's wedding raise for charity? Add to ...

The royal newlyweds missed out on the dubious joys of firing a barcode-scanning gun in a department store to create a wedding registry.

But their refusal to accept wedding gifts has raised the equivalent of $1.7-million (U.S.) for charity, USA Today reports.

In lieu of toasters, place settings and discreet envelopes full of cash, Will and Kate urged wedding guests and well-wishers to contribute to their Charitable Gift Fund, which supports 26 charities chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Donations totalled nearly $900,000, in addition to nearly $400,000 given directly to the 26 charities and about $405,000 in revenues generated by the sale of wedding paraphernalia.

The honeymoon may be over, but gift-givers can still savour the sanctimonious pleasure of supporting dance- and sport-related charities, anti-bullying and community programs, conservation efforts to save assorted tiger, elephant and rhino species, and programs such as the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, which saves more than 200 lives each year.

The charitable dollars will keep flowing now that William and Kate, Inc., is practically a brand, according to the Telegraph. Case in point: In advance of the royal visit to North America, members of the Santa Barbara Polo Club have each pledged $100,000 to the Duke's charitable trust for the honour of joining him on the field in a tournament on July 9.

The new brand may already have a jingle: "Charity is the gift that keeps giving." But will the royal ban on wedding gifts be as widely copied as Kate's dress?

Better check the wedding invitations arriving in the mail (once the postal strike is over).

Would you forgo wedding gifts to support charities? Or are gift-free nuptials only for rich people?

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