Princess Charlotte is the star of a very special new book. Titled A Royal Adventure, the illustrated children's story sees the young royal on escapades around London with her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, big brother Prince George and their pet dog Lupo. Singaporean children's author David Seow penned the sweet tale, which will be released in time for Charlotte's first birthday in May.
Speaking exclusively to HELLO! Online, David revealed the inspiration for the story, which is a follow-up to his previous book A Day with the Duchess.
"I wanted to set the second book in London. I lived in London for two years," David explained. "I love the city and I wanted to feature the places I love visiting. And it goes without saying that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Lupo had to be in this book. It wouldn't be a royal adventure without them."
While the new book is still being completed and illustrations are currently under wraps, David has exclusively shared some illustrations from his previous book A Day with the Duchess, which was about Prince William and Kate's visit to Singapore in 2012. He was inspired to write the children's book after meeting the Duchess during their South Seas tour.
"My mum, my niece Sam and I were lucky enough to meet the Duchess during her walkabout at Gardens by the Bay," David explained. "My mum gave the Duchess a copy of my book Blow a Kiss. Mum later told a reporter that I had given one of my books to Celine Dion who later went on to have a baby! A short while later, the Duchess was expecting Prince George.
"There weren't any souvenirs commemorating their visit to Singapore so I decided to write a children's book about it and my publisher Epigram Books agreed to publish it."
David's meeting with Kate was not his only encounter with the royal family; the children's author has also met Princess Diana, while other family members have also met with Prince Charles in the past.
"I have been a fan of the royal family since I was a small boy," David admits. "In fact my late uncle Philip had a chance to play polo with Prince Charles when he visited Singapore in the 1970s. My older sister was allowed to meet the Prince but I wasn't because I wanted to ask him what it was like to fall off a horse."
He continued: "I was a huge fan of Princess Diana's and I was lucky enough to meet her during a school trip to London in 1992. I was so nervous that I curtsied to her and it was a fact she remembered the next time we met."
A Royal Adventure will be published by Epigram Books in April.