Will and Kate Break Tradition to Accept Painting from Special Artist


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the launch of the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, HertfordshireTraditionally, Will and Kate don’t accept gifts for special occasions. When they were married, they asked that people donate to charity in lieu of wedding presents. As the future King and Queen of England, it’s the classy thing to do.

But they’ve made an exception to their no-gift policy to accept a painting by Tazia Fawley, a 43-year-old artist with Down syndrome. She spent 6 months creating a painting of Rupert the Bear flying over a bridge in the Bristol Balloon Festival in England. She made it for the royal couple and wants them to hang it in their home.

When Prince William and Kate heard about it, they sent an enthusiastic note saying they would gladly accept the work of art. It’s a whimsical and colorful piece of art.

Will and Kate are proving to be wise, appropriate, warm, and gracious monarchs for a new age. They know when to uphold the old-school rules and when to buck tradition. William has always seemed thoughtful and introspective, and now together with his wife, the pair of them seem to have perfect instincts.

What a breath of fresh air to see a young, self-possessed couple doing their best with a new baby and navigating their celebrity with grace and good will.