Princess Charlotte to receive Cheeky Territory gift

A one-off, special edition ‘Cheeky Dogs’ sketch is on its way to the newest member of the Royal Family as a gift from all Territorians.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said the sketch, a picture book and a Cheeky Dogs cot blanket specially-made made by Dion’s carer Joie Boulter will be sent to Kensington Palace this week.

Tennant Creek artist Dion Beasley has muscular dystrophy and is hearing impaired. He worked with writer Johanna Bell to create his book, Too Many Cheeky Dogs, which celebrates remote community life and the camp dogs which are an intrinsic part of it.

The book has sold more than 6000 copies since its release in 2013 and Dion was very excited to embark on this Royal adaptation of his canine characters for the new Princess.

“Dion looked for Royal dogs online and discovered Prince William and Kate don't have corgis as we originally thought. They have a big black dog. So Dion drew a picture of lots of cheeky camp dogs barking at a big, black dog outside Kensington Palace,” writer Johanna Bell said.

This isn’t the first royal baby gift from the Northern Territory with the princess’ big brother Prince George being gifted a Royal Crocodile which lives at Crocosaurus Cove.

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