The Royal Family is quite possibly the most divisive set of people in the world, with people having a wide range of opinions on every one of them, as well as their work as an institution. However, regardless of how you feel about them, it's undeniable that they do a lot for charity, using their influence to make sure that people who aren't as lucky as they are get the chance to live a good life. This is something that nobody will ever be able to take away from them no matter how much hate they manage to build across the world.
In the hope of highlighting exactly what it is that the Royal Family do to try and make the world a better place, we thought we'd put together a list of some of the things they've put their mind to over the years. This way, we can all have a look at what it is the Royal Family does for their subjects. We've taken a look on the web and we think you'll be surprised by the number of things that the Royals have done for others.
Are you ready to find out what the Royals have done for people like you? Think it's about time they justified their position in the world to you? Well then, let's take a look!
16 The Queen Gives To Cancer Research UK
As we all know, cancer is something that affects us all, whether it's because we suffer from the illness or someone we know has had to go through it. This is why it's so good to see that the Royals are putting their money into Cancer Research UK in the hope that they can do some good for those poor people who end up struggling with this horrendous illness.
Through this sort of donation, they can be sure that their money is going to impact as many lives as possible in the UK.
This way, their money will be put into the hands of people who are trying to rid the world of one of the worst illnesses that can hit somebody throughout their entire lives. Can you imagine any better way for these people to be donating their money in the hope of affecting the most amount of lives as possible?
15 She Also Gives To The British Red Cross
For those that don't know, the British Red Cross Society is an impartial humanitarian group that spends their time attempting to give aid to people across the world when they end up in crisis. This is the perfect charity for the Royal Family to give to as it allows them to help while not aligning themselves with a particular cause or crisis, allowing them to continue to help while seeming impartial.
This might not seem like it should be that big a deal, and we agree, but the family has spent a lot of time and effort to appear as if they have no political or social leanings.
Obviously, this is physically impossible, but they still have to look as if they're making decisions purely based on the concept that they're trying to do their best by the UK over everything else.
14 The Family Throws Three Royal Garden Parties Every Year For Charity
A lot of people who have a problem with the Royal Family argue that most of the money they bring in to UK could be made by getting rid of them but keeping the landmarks that they're so commonly associated with.
Possibly in an effort to curb this sort of opinion, the Royal Family have made sure that they use these landmarks in an attempt to bring money to important causes, causes that would otherwise receive much less charitable donations.
Yes, the Royal Family throws three royal garden parties every year where important people with a lot of money dress up and are allowed a chance to spend time with some of the most famous figureheads from the family. There, they will be asked to pay money that will then go toward charity rather than into the pocket of the family themselves. It only seems right!
13 The Appeal For The 2015 Nepal Earthquake Received Money From The Royal Family
As we all know, natural disasters are one of those things that it seems we can never truly prepare for, with anybody caught up in an earthquake, tornado or tsunami likely testifying to the fact that it is absolutely devastating. Not only can they injure people and even prove to be fatal, they also decimate areas to the point where they're largely uninhabitable. This means that the responses to this sort of crisis are crucial as they have a huge number of problems that they have to sort out if they want to properly aid the people living in the affected area.
After the 2015 Nepalese earthquake, it was clear that the Royal Family wasn't going to merely stand aside and watch something this disastrous happen without helping in some way,
so they decided to donate a lot of their own money toward the relief effort taking place in Nepal at the time.
12 Kate Middleton Gives Away Her Hair
When Kate cut her hair last summer, she and her hair stylist, Joey Wheeler, decided that they should do something positive with her lustrous hair. So they decided to give away the hair they cut to a charity called Little Princess Trust that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair during treatment.
That means that there's a little kid out there that's sporting Kate Middleton's hair.
There's a reason why the British people love Kate — it seems like Prince William snatched himself someone similar to his mom.
11 The Family Gives To The Sea Cadets
Whether you agree or not, there are a lot of people out there that argue the problem facing children is that they're not given enough of a chance to put their effort into something meaningful or helpful to society. As they have this vacuum, they're likely to turn to something either more damaging to society or waste their time with something pointless, or so the theory goes. This is why there are some charitable organizations out there that spend their time attempting to give children something to work towards, while also teaching them valuable skills in the process. One of those organizations is the Sea Cadets.
In an attempt to keep the children of the UK out of trouble, the Royal Family also provide donations to this charity on a regular basis,
likely seeing it as their duty to care for the people of the UK no matter what their age.
10 The Duke Of Cambridge Was An Air Ambulance Pilot
While it's all well and good that the Royals give their money to charities in the UK, we think it's great that they also put in their time, as their position in the monarchy has allowed them the chance to have a lot of time to themselves.
The Duke Of Cambridge has used part of his free time as a royal volunteering as an air ambulance pilot, although he has since stopped.
Amazing to think that until rather recently this guy was helping save people's lives who had found themselves in a seriously perilous situation, not allowing the life he was born into stopping him from doing his bit, as he knew he had to. Can you imagine being saved by an air ambulance, only to find out that the person you're being carried by is the Duke Of Cambridge? You would think you were hallucinating!
9 Meghan Markle Broke Protocol To Hug A Charity Worker
At first, this might not seem like that big a deal, but what you have to realize is that by showing the royals breaking down their traditions, it will show the rest of the UK that they have to start acting in a similar fashion.
While she isn't technically part of the Royal Family yet, we know that she will be soon and for her to show that she won't allow the stuffy traditions of the past to get in the way of doing the decent thing.
We're happy to see someone like this getting involved with what is a famously stuffy organization. Hopefully, by doing this, Markle will have shown people who care about the opinion of the Royal Family that they should be doing anything they can do to show love to the people out there doing their best to help others, no matter what sort of protocols they have to break to do it.
8 Prince William Claimed That It Is Essential That The Royal Family Give To Charity
While we think that this is a fantastic sentiment for the Prince to make, we would go even further, arguing that everyone who can manage it should be spending their time either financially supporting or volunteering for a charity organization that is doing important work. We're not saying what the Prince said is wrong, but we think that in this day and age, there is no excuse to not put the time in if you can because it's really important. Seriously, we know that some of you won't be able to manage this sort of charitable donation of time as you're struggling to make ends meet yourself, but we implore anybody that can to get out there and start to give back to the people who need your help the most. That could be you in desperate need one day.
7 The Queen's Charities Raised £1.4 Billion A Year
Can we just take a step back to really take in that number because we think it's probably easy to gloss over just how much that really is? That is a phenomenal amount of money, an amount that could genuinely change lives. There are very few people out there that will ever get anywhere close to having this sort of money, and yet this matriarch has managed to pile this level of cash up just in the hope of helping other people. We think that's insane and important because most of the people out there making this sort of money for themselves are not giving it a lot to charity. We need people like the Royal Family who will use their public status to get the money together, not for themselves, but for the people in this world who need the most help possible. Honestly, this figure has blown us away.
6 Prince Harry Spent Ten Years In The Military
For some, joining a branch of the military is the best way to show that you truly love your country, that you're willing to put your life on the line for the power's that be because there's a chance you'll be protecting the values of your country by doing this. Whether you agree with this or not, it's impossible to argue that it doesn't take a huge amount of courage to put yourself into a job like that.
So, we assume this is why Prince Harry decided to take on a role in the military, choosing to protect the morals and ethics of the country that he loves.
While we're sure that he was never in a hugely dangerous scenario as it would've been a huge blow to the country if he did die in another country, we still know that we couldn't do it if we wanted to, so he deserves a lot of respect for this.
5 The Queen Donates To Barnardo's
While they may have been caught in the middle of a bit of a controversy over the past few years, that doesn't change the fact that Barnardo's have done a lot to help young children and young adults. They're a charity that set out to make sure no child out there has to have a bad youth and have managed to become the UK's top charity in this field.
With over 900 facilities in place to look after those having trouble getting housing in their youth, these people are dedicated to ensuring that the day comes when no child has to go without a home.
We think it's amazing that the Royal Family have decided to throw their weight behind this charity as being a homeless child is quite possibly one of the most awful thing that can happen to someone. In the modern and developed world, it's not something that should ever be allowed to happen.
4 The Prince's Trust Helps Children
There are some youth out there that, while they may have a house, they don't have the sort of support they need to become the people that they want to be. Whether this is because of their parents or they have a problem that stops them from being able to properly deal with the world around them, these people need as much support as possible. This is why The Prince's Trust was set up — to make sure this issue is handled.
The Prince's Trust is estimated to have raised £1.4 billion in the past decade,
so we think it's safe to say that they're doing fantastic work and are helping children across the UK. It's good that the Royal Family don't just support charities — that they start their own as well.
3 Princess Anne Started The Royal Trust For Carers
People that are often forgotten about are those who have decided, either because they had to or because they wanted to, that becoming a carer is the best thing that they can do, knowing that this will fulfill their life while also ensuring that those who need our help are looked after. These people often put their own health on the back-burner, thinking that it's better they put their efforts into helping those who they see as being more feeble or unable to look after themselves as well.
Princess Anne decided that these people needed just as much support if they want to spend their lives looking after others, so she put together a charity that continues to support those who help those who need it most.
If you're a carer, you can know that there is a charity out there trying to make sure you have all the support you need.
2 The Royal Society Of Musicians Supports The Arts
The arts are very rarely supported in the modern world so we love the fact that the Royal Family has decided to set up a charity that helps support those out there that want to dedicate their lives to the art of music. A lot of people out there don't think that the arts are worth supporting as if it's a luxury that we don't need in the world, that it's not something they want their money going toward. It's almost as if they think that unless they can understand something, there's no point in supporting it for the people that do understand it. We don't know the Royal Family's personal opinions on art, but we'd like to think that the creation of this charity proves they believe in the importance of art. They might know what they like but they don't think that's more important than supporting all of the arts.
1 They Even Work To Prevent Cruelty To Animals
We're not the kind of people who think that human beings are inherently more important than animals, so we're glad to know that the Royal Family seems to agree. While they do spend a lot of their time making sure that adults and children with difficult lives are being helped, they want to make sure that animals aren't being cruelly treated by human beings as well. A lot of us flinch at the concept of cruelty to animals but that doesn't mean that everybody out there does. That's why we need people out there who spend their entire lives dedicated to animals, ensuring that the lives of animals across the world are being respected and not being put to the side just for the sake of a human being. Gone are the days when cruelty to animals was allowed, and it's time that we all realized that!