Is Kate a fan of colouring in?

The Duchess of Cambridge is well known for love and interest in art.

Not only did she study History of Art at university in St.Andrews where she met Prince William, she is now a royal patron of the National Portrait Gallery as part of her role as the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duchess of Cambridge stands with director of the National Portrait Gallery Nicholas Cullinan, and editor-in-chief of the British edition of Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, during a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London, to view the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition and two photographic portraits of herself taken as part of a wider spread in British Vogue's centenary June issue.

She even made a special trip to the Mauritshuis gallery in Holland on her first official solo trip abroad to view some of her favourite paintings.

The Duchess of Cambridge with Mauritshuis director Emilie Gordenker at the Mauritshuis in The Hague where she visited an exhibition of 22 picture by Dutch artists loaned to the art gallery from the Royal Collection.

The Duchess of Cambridge with Mauritshuis director Emilie Gordenker. She visited an exhibition of 22 pictures by Dutch artists loaned to the art gallery from the Royal Collection.

As well as her royal duties, where the Duchess is always happy to get stuck in to arts and crafts at official events, Kate also enjoys arts such as photography and painting in her spare time.

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We already knew that Kate had a keen eye for photography. The Duchess showed off her talent when she shared sweet pictures of Princess Charlotte that she snapped earlier this year. Adorable!

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However, Prince William has now revealed that Kate also uses her love of art to wind down after a long or stressful day. Her hobby of choice? Colouring in!

Yes, the Duchess of Cambridge is also a fan of the hugely popular adult colouring books. The on-trend books rose to popularity thanks to their ability to reduce stress and calm the mind.

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Speaking to Illustrator Johanna Basford, author of “colour therapy” book ‘Secret Garden’, the Duke divulged Kate’s passion for colouring.

“Prince William actually said that his wife likes to colour in the Secret Garden, which was really sweet” Johanna revealed. Basford was picking up an OBE for services to art and entrepreneurship at Buckingham Palace.

With this revelation in mind, it’s no wonder that Kensington Palace has decided to join in the colouring in craze! The Palace have begun to sell a special ‘Duchess of Cambridge’ colouring book in their gift shop.

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The book, by illustrator Georgie Fearns, features a series of drawings of the Duchess in a selection of beautiful outfits from official engagements and royal tours. You might recognise a few of them! Colour in Kate lets the book’s owners re-imagine some of Kate’s gorgeous dresses and redesign her looks.

Prince William also features in the book, which is on sale for just £5.99. A fitting tribute to the Duchess who is such a fan of colouring herself!

Kate puts her colouring skills to the test

Kate put her love of colouring to the test when as she paid a special visit to young people at a Cub Scout Pack in Kings Lynn. The Duchess of Cambridge was there to celebrate the Cubs’ 100th anniversary.

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Driving from her nearby home at Anmer Hall, Kate joined 24 girls and boys aged between 8 and 10½ for a range of activities.

Chatting with the children, Kate took the time to sit down with them and relax – whilst colouring!

Kate Middleton colouring

The Duchess looked relaxed in fitted jeans and a gorgeous cashmere jumper.

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