ROYAL AIR: Lancashire artist creates life-sized models of William, Kate and family

WINDSOR KNOT: Joanne Anderson and her royal subjects

WINDSOR KNOT: Joanne Anderson and her royal subjects

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Here’s Prince William and Kate and baby George as you’ve never seen them before – as life-sized balloon models.

The heirs to the throne were created by Joanne Anderson, who spent 16 hours blowing up the balloons with helium and tying them together.

'Royal Air' creation of Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and baby Princess Charlotte

'Royal Air' creation of Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and baby Princess Charlotte

Joanne, 42, said: “I had the idea of creating the Will and Kate and the royal baby when she was pregnant and of course we couldn’t forget little George.

“I think they’re a really nice memento. People do paintings and make china but I don’t think anyone’s ever created them out of balloons.

“I wanted Kate to look bright and warm, just like her personality.

“William and George looked so iconic in the outfits they wore when they went to visit baby Charlotte and so I knew straight away what I would dress them in.”

Joanne, from Chaigley, became a balloon artist four years ago and calls herself ‘Betty Balloon’.

She got the idea after hiring one for her daughter D’arcy’s birthday party and saw how delighted the children were.

She added: “I started out with a balloon dog and then I bought books and learned new tips online as to how to make the sculptures bigger and better.”

She creates the life-size figures by attaching lots of balloons together, before adding the finishing touches with pens and other craft materials.

The balloon figures then have to be kept in the freezer to ensure they don’t deflate.

Her creations so far have included Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and The Sex Pistols, as well as Disney figures Elsa and Olaf from Frozen, Dennis the Menace and Bert and Ernie.

As previously reported in the Evening Post, she was recently invited on the Paul O’Grady Show after his team contacted her asked her to create him and his dog Olga in balloons.