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The Duchess of Cambridge shares special stories from photography project

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge
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The Duchess of Cambridge shared a few of her favourite submissions to the Hold Still photography project she launched last month.

Kate, who appeared to film the short Instagram video from Anmer Hall in Norfolk, shared four images on the Kensington Royal account.

“I just want to say a huge thank you to everybody who has taken part and contributed to Hold Still,” she said. The project aims to capture a snapshot of like in the United Kingdom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve seen some amazing images and I just wanted to share some of those images with you today.”

The first featured a young girl dressed up as Queen Elsa, from Disney’s Frozen, appearing to belt out the movie’s main song ‘Let it Go’ while her family members looked on. Kate said that a lot of people could likely relate to the photo.

The second photo was titled “Distancing Games” and featured a young girl playing a socially-distant game of tic-tac-toe with her grandmother on opposite sides of a window.

The third photo showed community members playing their musical instruments together outdoors while social distancing, with the Duchess quipping, “It’s a shame there’s no audio to go with this one.”

The final photo, entitled “Man Behind the Mask,” featured a portrait of a frontline healthcare worker wearing his personal protective gear and a face mask.

“We mustn’t forget the human side and the reality of what key workers and those on the front lines are going through,” the Duchess of Cambridge said about the photograph.

Kate said: “There have been so many amazing entries to ‘Hold Still’ over the last few weeks. From families up and down the country showing how they are adapting to life during lockdown through to some of the most amazing NHS and social care staff who are putting their lives on the line to save the lives of others.

“But it isn’t too late to take part. So please take a moment to capture what life is like for you, because together I hope that we can build a lasting illustration of just how our country pulled together during the pandemic.”

Hold Still is accepting entries until 18 June; Kate and a team of experts from the National Portrait Gallery will then select 100 images to feature in a digital exhibition later this year, with the hopes of turning Hold Still into a physical exhibition at a time when people can gather again.

“I can’t wait to share the final 100 images with you,” Her Royal Highness said.

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