Prince William has given fans an idea of how the Duchess of Cambridge likes to spend her downtime, revealing that the 34-year-old is a fan of colouring! The father of two revealed that his wife loves the Secret Garden colouring book while presenting the OBE to its illustrator, Johanna Basford, on Tuesday (Nov. 30). The book has sold millions of copies worldwide.
Johanna opened up about her meeting with Prince William in a series of posts on her Instagram account, in which she shared her excitement at discovering that "Kate is a colourist too," adding in a separate post that she spoke to the royal about "about his wife's colouring."
Kate's artistic hobby won't come as a complete surprise to royal enthusiasts — Prince George and Princess Charlotte's mother is renowned for her love of arts. Not only did the Duchess study art history at the University of St Andrews, but she is a patron of the National Portrait Gallery as well as The Art Room, a charity which focuses on improving the confidence and self-esteem of youth aged five to 16.
The stylish royal's love for art is also evident when she attends official engagements, never missing an opportunity to get involved with arts and crafts, whether painting an elephant with William during the couple's royal tour of India and Bhutan, or adding the final touch on a mural in Portsmouth. During a recent visit to the Natural History Museum for a children's tea party, Kate was spotted chatting to pupils from Oakington Manor Primary School and helping them to create dinosaur egg topped pencils.
It's no wonder that Kate is a fan of this particular colouring book – not only are there beautiful and intricate patterns for you to colour in, but there are also hidden creatures throughout the book for you to find, making for a very pretty treasure hunt.
The cold winter weather makes staying in a much preferred option, but if you're missing being out in the world of nature then this could be the book for you. Packed with everything from wolves, owls, bears and rugged cliffs, it's easy to get lost in the wild landscape of this book.
This book is filled with incredibly intricate floral patterns, making it easy to while away a lazy Sunday. The best bit? When you've finished your designs you can easily remove the cards for framing or gifting to a loved one!
— Emily Nash (@emynash) November 29, 2016