I'm happy to report that Prince William and Kate Middleton have followed through on the rumors that their upcoming nuptials would feature a charity gift call.

The couple announced Tuesday a Charitable Gift Fund in lieu of gifts for their April 29th wedding.

“The fund will focus on assisting charities which support the five causes chosen by the couple,” reads the official site. “These causes are close to their hearts and reflect the experiences, passions and values of their lives so far. Having been touched by the goodwill shown to them since their engagement, they have asked that anyone wishing to send them a wedding gift consider doing so in the form of a donation to the fund.”

Each category, which ranges from conservation to the arts to children and service personnel, includes five lucky charities to donate to. On the nature side of things, the couple has chosen efforts to protect the endangered Black rhino and greater one-horned rhino, Sumatran, Indian, and Amur tiger species, and the African forest elephant and Asian elephant. The conservation charity Earthwatch was also chosen.

“The deep care that the couple have for the environment is valued by the worldwide Earthwatch community and our good wishes are extended to them both on the occasion of their wedding,” said Nigel Winser, Executive Vice President of the org.

With the popularity of the royal wedding set to explode next month, such a fund can only mean good things for the lucky charities included. Let's hope this generous move by Kate and William inspire other couples to consider including charity in their wedding day celebrations.

Check out the Royal Charitable Gift Fund site here.

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Royal wedding turns charity fundraiser
In lieu of gifts, Prince William and Kate Middleton ask people to donate to 26 charities hand-picked by the couple.