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HRH Catherine Duchess of Cambridge in the Royal Box
Wimbledon Tennis Championships, London, UK - 03 Jul 2017
Prince William has let slip an adorable little tidbit of information about life inside Kensington Palace walls – revealing that Kate loves grown-up colouring books!
The admission came during a meeting with Johanna Basford, who created the now world-famous colouring book Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book – an achievement which landed her an OBE, awarded to her by Her Majesty the Queen in 2016.
Johanna is the creator of several successful colouring books for adults
It was during her the award ceremony that she met the Duke of Cambridge, and he made the conversational comments.
Johanna told reporters after their meeting: ‘Prince William actually said that his wife likes to colour in the Secret Garden, which was really sweet.’
Kate’s passion for colouring books isespecially poignant since she, William and her brother in law Prince Harry have become involved in the Head Together campaign, which helps encourage people to look after their emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Adult colouring books have been proven to limit stress and help sleep – as well as stimulating creativity and playfulness.
Kate isn’t the only member of the family with a creative hobby
Mum-of-two Kate isn’t the only member of the royal family to enjoy a surprising hobby from time to time – Prince Charles is also said to be a dab hand with paintbrush, having been quoted as saying of his artwork: ‘it’s more than just a hobby.’ He’s also, intriguingly, thought to be a member of The Magic Circle – a semi-secret society of amateur magicians, which requires an audition to join!
William and his grandmother the Queen reportedly love a game of bingo – we can see how that would make for quality family bonding time (especially if the Queen’s favourite tipple, gin, is involved!).