Kate Middleton chuckles as she speaks to Hold Still contestant

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The Duchess of Cambridge joked about buying Prince William a Spider-man costume during a phone conversation with a participant in her Hold Still competition released today.

Jason Baird, from Stockport, was photographed last year performing a backflip dressed as the cartoon character during lockdown.

The image was one of 100 images in Kate Middleton’s book Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020.

The royal, who is an avid amateur photographer, launched the Hold Still initiative during the lockdown and asked the public to submit their photos capturing the period for a digital exhibition.

She was then joined by a panel of five judges to select the best images from over 31,000 entries to the nationwide competition, saying she was “overwhelmed” by the response and that it was “so difficult” to narrow the images down to a top 100.

Kate Middleton, 39, called Jason last fall and the call was released today on the new issue of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Youtube Channel, alongside heartwarming photos of Jason and his local community.

The Duchess praised his efforts to cheer up the community as ‘very cool’, and could be heard speaking to the martial arts teacher, saying: ‘I’ll see if it picks up the trend here at Kensington Palace. Maybe William should buy a suit to go and have a look… unfortunately I’m not sure if he’ll get the permission you got.’

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, joked about buying Prince William a Spider-man costume during a phone conversation with a contestant in her Hold Still competition released today

Jason Baird, from Stockport, was photographed last year performing a backflip dressed as the cartoon character outside a local family's home during lockdown.

Jason Baird, from Stockport, was photographed last year performing a backflip dressed as the cartoon character outside a local family’s home during lockdown.

During the initial shutdown, Jason took to the streets of Stockport during his practice time, dressing up as a Spider-man to keep the local kids laughing.

During the phone call, Kate could be heard chuckling and saying that she had received a lot of emotional images during the match and was happy to see a happy image.

She asked Jason about his job as a martial arts teacher, while the father-of-two explained, “When we heard the news that you were only allowed out for an hour a day, it was a matter of cheering kids up.

“I have a five-year-old and a one-year-old… they can’t go out or see their friends… We wanted to smile and stuff.

The photo, titled Stockport Spider-man Bringing Smiles to Children, is one of 100 images included in the Duchess of Cambridge's 2020 book Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation

The photo, titled Stockport Spider-man Bringing Smiles to Children, is one of 100 images included in the Duchess of Cambridge’s 2020 book Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation

“From day one, the kids in the neighborhood played Spider-man out of their windows and put up posters ‘Spider-man stop here’.”

He said he was determined to perform “for an hour every day,” with a surprised Kate gasping, “No!”

The Duchess continued: “Jason, you have shown tremendous dedication to your community, but it is also contagious to other communities and people are striving for you… really well done.”

Kate joked, ‘Maybe I’ll see you in your er costume when I’m in Stockport.

The royal shared a giggle with the martial arts teacher when she said she would buy a costume for her husband Prince William (pictured together in Scotland last week)

The royal shared a giggle with the martial arts teacher when she said she would buy a costume for her husband Prince William (pictured together in Scotland last week)

He said, “Oh sure, let me know and I’ll put on the suit.”

Launched last year by The Duchess and the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still invited people of all ages from across the UK to submit a photographic portrait taken during the initial lockdown.

From over 31,000 images submitted, 100 final portraits were selected and displayed in a digital exhibition before being shown in the UK as part of a community exhibition.

Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 brings together the last 100 Hold Still portraits and offers a unique account of our shared and individual experiences during the COVID pandemic.

The Duchess of Cambridge shared a glimpse of her photo book Hold Still (pictured) ahead of its release on Friday

The Duchess of Cambridge shared a glimpse of her photo book Hold Still (pictured) ahead of its release on Friday

The book, which was developed with the support of the Co-op, was released earlier this month, a year after the launch of Hold Still.

Net proceeds from the sale of the book will be split between leading charity Mind and the National Portrait Gallery.

The funds will help support arts and mental health projects in the UK, including Mind’s work in local communities and the National Portrait Gallery’s education and community projects.

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