A CARICATURIST from Chester has come to the attention of the royal family after sketching Wills and Kate on their big day.
Former textile designer Geoff Rowley, of Newtown, sent the cartoon showing the happy couple next to their regal looking wedding cake to Buckingham Palace and was stunned to get a thank you later, complete with royal crest.
Geoff said: “I was showing some friends the picture I’d previously done of Prince Charles and Camilla and they said I should do something for the royal wedding.
“I was busy with other things at the time but then in March I started to put something together.
“I sent it to Buckingham Palace at the beginning of April and I was flabbergasted to get a reply last Friday.
“I thought they would have so much on their plate with organising the wedding that they’d never have time to reply.
“So it was a lovely surprise to get the letter, the wedding is a big event and they must be so busy so to take the time to reply to me is very special.”
The official letter, sent from St Prince William’s office at James’s Palace, reads: “Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have asked me to thank you for your very kind letter and delightful cartoon.
“His Royal Highness and Miss Middleton have been overwhelmed by the incredibly kind messages they have received in connection with their forthcoming wedding and were immensely touched that you should take the trouble to write as you did.
“Your words were greatly appreciated and Prince William and Miss Middleton have asked me to send you their warmest thanks and best wishes.”
The cartoon includes a royal nod to the prince’s love of Anglesey, depicted by a book called Island Life by the couple’s feet, complete with a crown-shaped bookmark.
Proud Geoff is now looking forward to watching the April 29 ceremony on TV alongside his wife.
“I feel like I’ve played a little part in the whole event now,” he said.
“In the letter I sent with the picture I told Prince William that my wife and I have watched him grow up and that his mother, Princess Diana, would be so proud of him now.
“I’ve drawn pictures of hundreds of people over the years but to do one of the royal family and get a reply is the high point of my career.”