Kate Middleton’s private hobby has been revealed; the Duchess of Cambridge likes to do adult colouring books in her spare time to relax.

The pastime is supposed to very good to combat stress and is a mindful activity enabling you to focus on the calm and forget about your worries while creating something beautiful in the process.

We know that Kate likes to do this because once upon a time her husband Prince William met Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford, whose output sparked the adult colouring book trend back in 2013.

Posting a photograph to her Instagram the illustrator described the meeting, saying: "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!"

Johanna continued: "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."

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Now that the nation is in lockdown we cannot think of a better time to begin colouring, both to calm our anxiety about the current state of the world and have some much needed relaxation. After all, if it is good enough for the Duchess of Cambridge, it is probably good enough for us. Here are out picks of some of the best…

1. The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress Art Therapy for Busy People

This book, illustrated by Emma Farrarons, is full of exquisite scenes and intricate patterns, which is supposed to prompt you "to meditate on your artwork as you mindfully and creatively fill these pages with colour."

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2. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt

This is one of the bestselling books by Kate's favourite artist, Johanna Basford. The description on the Waterstones site says: "This interactive activity book takes you on a ramble through a secret garden created in beautifully detailed pen-and-ink illustrations – all waiting to be brought to life through colouring, but each also sheltering all kinds of tiny creatures just waiting to be found."

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3. Colour Me Good: Harry Styles

Mel S Elliott has release lots of colouring books based on different celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Taylor Swift, but obviously Harry Styles is our face of choice.

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4. Tropical Wonderland: A Colouring Book Adventure

Millie Marotta's books have been translated into many languages and it is easy to see why. This particular one is filled with pages full of exotic creatures from parrots to plant life.

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5. Dream Cities: Colouring for mindfulness

This book is co-authored by Rosie Goodwin and Alice Chadwick, and will transport you multiple imagined cities in different universes. Fabulous in a time that we all so want to escape.

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