Prince William and Kate Middleton are said to have been touched by the goodwill shown to them since their engagement was announced and have decided that this goodwill should benefit charitable organisations.
The official charitable fund website states: "All the charities intended to benefit from the Fund have been chosen by Prince William and Miss Middleton. They reflect the couple's passions and interests as well as some of their experiences in their lives together so far."
The full list of charities (below) draws from five categories: support for service personnel and their families; changing lives through arts and sport; help and care at home; children fulfilling their potential; and conservation for future generations. It makes no mention of aid for disaster relief efforts in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami, however a spokesperson explained that William and Kate were "obviously very shocked and saddened by the events in Japan" but that the charitable fund had been in the works for weeks and focused on countries the prince had visited.
The full list of charities that will benefit is as follows:
Ocean Youth Trust
A National Voice
Association for Children's Palliative Care (ACT)
Community Foundation in Wales
Community Foundation in Scotland
Community Foundation in Berkshire
Cruse Bereavement Care for Children of Forces' Families
Household Cavalry Benevolent Fund
Irish Guards Appeal
Army Widows Association
Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary
New Zealand Government's Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
Royal Flying Doctor Service – Australia
Those sending donations will receive a thank you email from the couple.