Prince William has given fans an insight into life at home with the Duchess of Cambridge, revealing that in her downtime the 34-year-old is a fan of colouring books! The father-of-two was presenting illustrator Johanna Basford with an OBE on Tuesday when he told her that Kate is a big fan of the artist's Secret Garden colouring book, which 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".
Prince William has revealed Kate likes colouring books
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.
Prince William told illustrator @johannabasford his wife #Kate likes colouring in her Secret Garden book as he presented her OBE today at BP
— Emily Nash (@emynash) November 29, 2016
This time yesterday... talking about his wife's colouring with the George & Charlotte's dad (oh and the future King 😂) - still can't believe this happened! Lol!
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Johanna revealed on Instagram that Prince William spoke to her about "his wife's colouring"
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.
The mother-of-two is renowned of her love of art
Feeling inspired by Kate to try your hand at colouring in? We've picked some of our favourite colouring books for adults sure to get your creative juices flowing!
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book by Johanna Basford
£9.95, published by Laurence King
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.
Nordic Wilderness: A Colouring Book
by Claire Scully
£9.95, published by Laurence King
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.
Floribunda: A Flower Colouring Book by Leila Duly
£14.95, published by Laurence King
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!