Duchess of Cambridge’s secret lockdown hobby revealed

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  • The Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite creative hobby has been revealed – and it’s perfect for stressful times.


    The Duke of Cambridge has revealed the creative hobby that wife Duchess Catherine likes to use to release stress.

    Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford, who launched the much-loved adult colouring-in movement back in 2013, revealed that Prince William let slip the lovely detail about his wife.

    Back in 2016 the artist was awarded an OBE for her important creative work.

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    👑 Mental Health and the Royal Family. This photo was snapped at Buckingham Palace in November 2016. HRH The Duke of Cambridge (or Prince William as we all know him 😉) was awarding me an OBE. 🏅 This in itself blew my mind… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So there I was. 5 months or so pregnant with Mia and feeling pretty big, so I wore all black as that’s apparently slimming… 😂 who was I kidding?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As he pinned my medal to me, Prince William said 2 things that I’ll never forget. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. ‘When’s the baby due?’ Now here’s the thing, the Duchess was pretty neat during her pregnancies. I was NOT. When I laughed and said ‘Oh not for MONTHS yet!’ he looked VERY surprised! 😳 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. He told me his wife likes my books. She colours. Kate is one of us! 💕 Now this makes perfect sense. Why wouldn’t she? A busy mum with what I imagine is a lot of stress, trying to raise and protect a family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Prince William and Kate have often spoken out about mental health issues, in fact just recently, they did an interview for the BBC about mental health during Covid. Whilst the virus will thankfully effect just a few of us physically, the mental health implications of the crisis are widespread. 😔That is why now more than ever, we need to take care of ourselves and others. . . A little self care now, could help lay the foundations for mental health resilience. Yoga, meditation, journalling colouring… whatever you need to do, PLEASE do it. 🙏 And encourage others to do the same. Find a practise that supports you, helps you work through issues, decompresses your weary mind and balances you. Self care is not SelfISH, it’s crucial. 💕 . .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌈 I’m giving away lots of FREE colouring downloads, including FLOURISH, my free colouring book. Let’s be proactive in caring for our mental health. . 👉 LINK IN BIO 👈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Stay well, much love, Johanna x ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . #livecolorfully #colorventures #colorcolourlovers #thatcolorproject #colourmehappy #abeautifulmess #createeveryday #colortherapy #drawing #oddlysatisfying #abmlifeiscolorful #coloring #colouringpages #coloringforadults #coloringbooksforadults #adultcolouring #adultcoloring #coloringtherapy #coloringmasterpiece

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    And earlier this week the creative took to her Instagram page with a throwback photo of her time at Buckingham Palace, revealing a lovely conversation that she had with the Duke of Cambridge while she was there.

    Alongside her series of photos, Johanna wrote, ‘This photo was snapped at Buckingham Palace in November 2016. HRH The Duke of Cambridge (or Prince William as we all know him 😉) was awarding me an OBE. 🏅 This in itself blew my mind…

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    As he pinned my medal to me, Prince William said 2 things that I’ll never forget.

    ‘1. ‘When’s the baby due?’ Now here’s the thing, the Duchess was pretty neat during her pregnancies. I was NOT. When I laughed and said ‘Oh not for MONTHS yet!’ he looked VERY surprised! 😳

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    2. He told me his wife likes my books. She colours. Kate is one of us! 💕 Now this makes perfect sense. Why wouldn’t she? A busy mum with what I imagine is a lot of stress, trying to raise and protect a family’.

    So we expect that now that the Duchess is quarantined at home with her three young children she’ll be taking whatever time she can to do some colouring!

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