Saturday 3 December 2016

Kate likes your colouring book, William tells illustrator Johanna Basford

Published 29/11/2016 | 02:51

Johanna Basford from Ellon is made an OBE by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace
Johanna Basford from Ellon is made an OBE by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace
Johanna Basford with her OBE and husband James Watt with his MBE

The Duchess of Cambridge enjoys colouring-in books, her husband has told a top illustrator.

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Johanna Basford was picking up an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to art and entrepreneurship when the Duke of Cambridge revealed that Kate likes to colour.

Adult colouring books have become popular in recent times, with the craze - referred to as "colour therapy" - capturing the imagination of those looking to de-stress and spend time away from looking at mobile phones and screens.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte may have found a colouring partner in their mother, who is said to like one of the most popular colouring books.

Ms Basford, 33, who lives in Ellon in Scotland, told the Press Association: "I think we've just seen the colouring community flourish. And Prince William actually said that his wife likes to colour in the Secret Garden, which was really sweet."

Secret Garden - a colouring book for adults - is Ms Basford's first book and has sold more than one million copies.

Reflecting on the popularity of the craze, she said: "I think people are just craving a digital detox."

In an unusual event, Ms Basford was joined at the investiture ceremony by her husband James Watt, co-owner of BrewDog, who was also picking up an honour - an MBE for services to the brewing industry.

Ms Blasford, joking about Kate and William's potential interests, said: "So maybe she's a fan of my work and he's a fan of my husband's."

The artist said her trip to the palace will inspire her current project.

"I'm working on a new book just now and it's set in a castle, funnily enough, so I will definitely try to remember everything.

"I'm sure little snippets of today will feature in the book.

"I love all the really ornate picture frames and all the beautiful sculptures, and the candelabras are just stunning," she said.

Mr Watt said William mentioned the special beer BrewDog, which was made to commemorate the royal wedding, which Mr Watt said was infused with Viagra.

"Everyone was doing quite serious things for the royal wedding so we thought we'd do something a bit more fun," he said.

Asked if the Duke revealed that he was a fan of BrewDog, Mr Watt said: "He actually said he's not a big beer drinker. He prefers cider."

Mr Watt said he might send a case of beers down to Kensington Palace.

"I think the Queen might like some as well," he joked.

As well as revealing her interest in colouring, William told another recipient of an honour about Kate's passion for watching tennis.

The Duchess is known to be a fan of the sport and takes a seat in the Royal Box at Wimbledon every summer - but her husband revealed what happens when she watches tennis on television.

Leon Smith, captain of the Davis Cup team, was collecting an OBE for services to tennis, and said afterwards that William told him Kate has been "screaming at the TV" when he and his team-mates are playing matches.

Soul singer Ruby Turner picked up an MBE after nearly 40 years in the music business - and took friend and colleague Jools Holland as one of her guests.

Meanwhile, William came face to face with his key aide - his private secretary Miguel Head, who was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

Mr Head was previously press secretary to the Duke and his brother, Prince Harry, before taking up his current role in 2012, the year after the royal wedding.

Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman and chief executive of Universal Music Group - instrumental in the careers of artists like Amy Winehouse, The Rolling Stones and Sam Smith - collected his knighthood for services to British business and inward investment.

Surgeon Commander Matthew Turner received an OBE for his work leading a medical team dealing with migrant activity in the Agean Sea between November 2015 and January 2016.

And Welsh Rugby Union president Dennis Gethin picked up an OBE for services to Welsh rugby.

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