The Duchess of Cambridge has always had a certain love for art, even studying History of Art at University. And now being the mother of three children, she can pass on all her artsy talents down on them; the older ones at least, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
During a visit to an art class at Alperton Community School in Brent, the Duchess talked about how she loved getting stuck into crafts with her children. She said when asked if she was interested in art: “It’s something I’m loving doing with the children – papier mache – I forgot how messy it is, but it’s really great.”
Kate revealed during her engagement that George is the one showing more promise when it comes to art and creativity, with him recently having been inspired to draw with charcoal found in a fireplace at home. She said that her five-year-old had told her: “Mummy I’m going to draw a picture,” adding: “That’s what’s so nice you can do it from all around you.”
This isn’t the first time that Kate Middleton has talked about her love of arts and crafts with her children. Back in December, she paid a festive visit to homeless charity The Passage in London, where she and her husband, Prince William joined a group of children during a craft session.
During the afternoon, they assisted the children in making beaded bracelets, when Kate revealed that this was something Princess Charlotte loved doing. She told the youngsters: “Charlotte would love making these.” William, who isn’t so artistically talented, laughed at his lack of artistic skills as he helped to make a welcome sign for the charity’s upcoming Christmas party. Cutting out the letter E, William said: “My son knows I’m useless at this. Catherine is the artsy one.”
Kate’s passion for art has made its way into her royal life as well, as she is the patron of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It seems that her creativity is a family thing, as Carole Middleton running the very popular Party Pieces company, while on her dad Michael’s side, she is descendant from the Lupton family of Leeds, who were once the owners of William Lupton & Company.
This textile mill, based in North Yorkshire, was then bought by heritage textile mill AW Hainsworth in 1958 –which was the company who created the fabric for Prince William’s scarlet jacket that he wore on his wedding day.