Calligrapher has her pen poised to write scroll for second royal baby

Jan Pickett with a copy of the scroll for Prince George last year and inset, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the prince
Jan Pickett with a copy of the scroll for Prince George last year and inset, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the prince

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CALLIGRAPHER Jan Pickett has her pen poised after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they are expecting a second baby.

Jan, 67, was commissioned to create a scroll to mark the birth of the royal couple’s son Prince George last year and would love to be asked for a second time.

File photo dated 23/07/13 of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 24, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire ENGPPP00120130828120713

File photo dated 23/07/13 of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 24, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire ENGPPP00120130828120713

The talented penman, from Warblington Street in Old Portsmouth, said she would not dare to presume she would get another commission.

‘My pen would be at the ready if asked again,’ she said.

‘It would be fantastic – they did ask me when I completed it would I mind them keeping my name.

‘I wouldn’t dream of even presuming anything, of course.’

The announcement yesterday comes two months after Prince William and Kate’s son George turned one.

Kate is said to be suffering from acute morning sickness, as she did with her first pregnancy.

Jan said she was called by Saint Mary’s Hospital, London, about two months before the birth on July 22 last year.

She added the last commission stirred up mixed emotions.

‘When it happened last year it came from the hospital itself,’ she said.

‘It was fantastic and terrifying – it was the highlight of my career.

‘It was an amazing commission and I was delighted to be asked.’

Jan spent 12 hours creating the beautiful scroll that was given to the royal couple by the hospital. Part of the scroll was gilded with 23.5-carat gold.

She completed the scroll in advance and left two spaces for the date and sex.

Meanwhile, personalised gifts and clothing retailer Born Gifted is already planning a royal baby range.

Jim Wilson, director of the firm in Aerodrome Road, Gosport, said: ‘We will promote some sort of royal range – last year we brought out specific items commemorating the birth.

‘We also found there was an increase in the number of orders for items with the name George.’

Bill Sainsbury, from the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, served Prince William a tot of rum when he visited the Second World War-era HMS Alliance for its rededication service.

She said: ‘He came across as a really lovely person.

‘He was really warm and very friendly with everybody he met. We wish him very well with the new baby.’