Prince William and Kate Middleton received a painting done by Tazia Fawley, a talented British artist with Down Syndrome, as a gift to mark the arrival of Prince George.
The colourful picture, entitled Rupert flies over the Suspension Bridge, depicts Rupert Bear looking up into the sky while admiring the flurry of hot air balloons flying past the famous Bristolian landmark.
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The acrylic painting was first spotted by Heart and Sold, a charity which works to promote the artwork of people with Down Syndrome. The organisation then contacted St James’ Palace and offered it to the royal couple as a gift to hang in the newborn’s nursery.
“It is such an honour for this to happen, and I’m sure that the baby will love it,” wrote Tazia on her blog. “I did three balloon paintings and this one is my favourite. I hope it will be Kate and Wills’ favourite, too.”
“I gave it to them as a present, because they seem like good people and they wanted to bring some colour into their son’s nursery,” said Tazia, in an interview with South West News Service. “I’m so excited to know that my painting will be seen by the most famous baby in the world.”
The picture took six months to complete and although it is estimated to be worth £2,000, Tazia has kindly offered the painting to Prince William and Kate for free.
The Somerset-based artist has been painting for the past 10 years and sold various pieces at local exhibitions, but her gift for Prince George will no doubt be her most famous work yet.