She’s done some needlework to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the birth of HRH Prince George so it’s only right that Heather Gibson marked his first birthday too.
But rather than just sending a cross stitch sampler like she did on the two previous occasions, Heather also sketched a picture of the young prince and sent both off as presents to celebrate a year since he came through the now famous doors of the Queen Mary Hospital in London.
After sending things for other notable royal occasions, Heather said she didn’t have to think twice about doing something else.
“It was an automatic thing; I wanted to continue the story but also mark the occasion of his birthday,” Heather told ‘The Berwickshire’.
“It definitely doesn’t feel like a year since I did my last sampler; it’s flown by!”
“I’ve been keeping a keen interest in how he’s been getting on and I have to say he’s become quite a character.
“He’s got a lovely cute face and cheeky eyes and a cheeky smile- he’s a good person to draw.”
Not being able to do a portrait of Prince George face to face, Heather used a photo of him from the family’s recent trip to Australia from ‘Hello’ magazine as her inspiration.
“It took me about a week to do each and when you do something for the royal family obviously you do feel a bit of pressure; I wanted to do them proud or for them to like what I sent.”
Heather sent her presents to Prince George a week before he turned one and just weeks after received a response in the form of a letter and a photo of him and his mum, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
“I am becoming a bit used to it but it’s still very lovely to get something back from them as a token of their appreciation,” she continued.
“It’s a lovely photo of George.”
As well as sketching the future heir to the throne, Heather is busy trying to raise the profile of her own business HG Arts which covers her painting, craftwork and jewellery.
“It’s in the early stages but it’s something I’m really excited about.
“I’ve got a Facebook page and a website up so hopefully they’ll boost my profile.
“I also exhibited at Allanbank Arts for the open art weekend last week.”