The first official engagement for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the royal wedding on April 29 was for a noble cause when they attended a prestigious charity dinner in London which was hosted by Absolute Return for Kids. The charity event helped raise a substantial £17.2 million which is close to $26.56 million for a good cause. Elisabeth Murdoch, 42, the daughter of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch also attended the event and bid highly for something which was of no value to her in order to contribute to the good cause.
Elisabeth had earlier sold her television production company Shine to her father’s News Limited stable. She not only attended the prestigious dinner but shared the table with the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge. She successfully bid £120,000 which is approximately $185,300 for a piece of royal memorabilia cardboard that may never be delivered to her. The auctioneer had told the attending guests that the cardboard medical box, designed to hold child vaccination doses, would be signed by the Duke and Duchess, along with British Prime Minister David Cameron and performers on the night, US rock band the Kings of Leon.
According to reports in Britain’s Evening Standard newspaper the representative of St James’s Palace clarified that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge couldn’t have signed the cardboard box as it was against the protocol and they are not supposed to do so as per the royal tradition. So Ms Murdoch didn’t get anything of value for her six figure bid at the charity auction. But she would have the satisfaction to know that her contribution went to the benefit of a noble cause. It is gestures like these that made the event very successful.