The bride and groom of the year didn't just mesmerise half the globe with their spectacular yet intimate nuptials. They also managed to raise a healthy sum for good causes. Some £1,058,367 was received in donations to a list of NGOs chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in lieu of presents.
"(They) are delighted that these charities are able to benefit so positively from their special day," said a spokesman. "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 they learned the final figure, excitement was mounting in North America ahead of their debut overseas trip. To capitalise on this, the newlyweds released an official tour photo of them in the gardens at Clarence House. Kate, who has earned plaudits for recycling outfits, was wearing a smart navy suit previously seen in Lancashire when she was still Miss Middleton. It coincides with the release of a majestic portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip marking the diamond jubilee of her accession to the throne next year.
Unlike her grandmother-in-law, who has an unmistakable personal style polished over many years, the Duchess is a 'rookie' royal. Which is why fashion pundits have been impressed that she's dispensed with the services of a personal stylist. It has, however, been reported that the 29-year-old is using personal shopping services at department stores like Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. So she will have a modicum of professional held to gather all the outfits required for her 11-day visit to Canada and the US, which includes engagements as varied as a rodeo in Calgary and a polo match in California.