Prince William and Kate Middleton Donate Land Rover Wedding Present

Prince William and Kate Middleton have donated the Land Rover they received as a wedding present to a mountain rescue team in the Lake District, UK.

Custom dictates that royal couples can only accept wedding presents from family members and close friends. Any other gifts are donated to charities or organizations in need.

The Glossop Mountain Rescue Team was selected out of 26 groups to receive the vehicle through a raffle that was drawn by Prince Harry. The rescue team has expressed its gratitude for the donation as well as its pressing need for a new mode of transportation.

"The vehicle will be greatly appreciated," said Keith Montgomery, honorary secretary of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team.

"Our present vehicle only has a shelf life of about six months and we were embarking on a major fundraising exercise to raise more than £45,000 to replace it."

Despite requesting that donations be made to their favorite charities in lieu of wedding presents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received over 2,500 lavish gifts from the public, which have all been donated to charity.

Days before their wedding, the couple set up the Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charity Fund in order for their guests as well as the public to donate to 26 charities closest to their hearts.

The charities support causes including: Changing Lives Through Arts and Sport, Children Fulfilling Their Potential, Help and Care at Home, Support for Service Personnel and Their Families, and Conservation for Future Generations.

By April 26, just three days before their wedding, the fund had raised a six-figure sum to go toward the specific charities. The exact sum amount has not yet been released.

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