Kate Middleton seemed to be paying tribute to her late mother-in-law with her choice of outfit to launch her new photo book.
Last year, the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, asked the public to submit photos taken during the pandemic to gather a lasting record of the moment in time through her Hold Still project.
She looks cheerful as she poses with a camera for a photo placed opposite the book’s introduction, with her hair swept over one shoulder in loose waves for a relaxed look.
With its striking white pie-bottom collar, the Duchess’s Sézane Margeurite shirt was very reminiscent of a similar outfit that Princess Diana wore in 1981.
The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) appeared to be paying tribute to Princess Diana by wearing a Sézane Margeurite cake-bottom blouse and wine-colored sweater for a photo with her new photo book
It’s not the first that Kate has worn her now out of stock blouse, having previously paired it with a wine-colored sweater for Cambridge’s 2020 Christmas card and with a Troy London jacket during a 2019 engagement.
Kate’s photo for her Hold Still project is believed to have been taken during the Christmas card photo shoot as she wears the same minimalist makeup and subtle accessories.
Known for refreshing her wardrobe by styling key pieces in new ways, the sweater worn for the book release bears striking resemblances to a J Crew style she wore at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Kate pairs the look with jeans and may be smiling at William and their three children while holding a Fujifilm X-T3 camera.
With its striking white pie-bottom collar, the Duchess’s Sézane Margeurite shirt was very reminiscent of a similar outfit worn by Princess Diana in 1981
The look reflects a style regularly worn by Lady Diana Spencer, who often wore blouses and shirts with a similar pie-shaped collar.
In 1981, shortly after her engagement to Prince Charles was announced, the royal family wore a similar white blouse with a red polkadot dress to visit the town of Tetbuty.
The photo shared to mark the release of the new book was taken by royal photographer Matt Porteous, who also captured the photo for their Christmas card in the grounds of their Norfolk mansion, Amner Hall, where they spent much of last year. spent years during lockdown.
Kate worked with the National Portrait Gallery for the new book, Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, which will be available in UK bookstores and online from Friday 7 May, one year after the project launch.
Kate previously wore the blouse for the Cambridge Christmas card (pictured), the model features a pie-bottom collar and eye-catching ladder stitch detailing on the front, cuffs and shoulders
The net proceeds from the sale of the book will be shared between the mental health charity Mind and the National Portrait Gallery.
The funds will help support art and mental health projects in the UK, including Mind’s work in local communities and the National Portrait Gallery’s education and community projects.
The book features 100 portraits chosen from over 31,000 images, the selected of which are shown in a digital exhibition before being shown in the UK as part of a community exhibition.
Over the course of the project, the Duchess shared some of her favorite images on Kensington Royal’s Instagram page, including a Black Lives Matter protester holding a sign that read, ‘Be on the right side of history’.
Kate has refreshed the blouse by styling it in a variety of ways, including with a Troy London jacket for a visit to Cumbria in 2019
One of the other snaps was a black and white photo of a man hugging his daughter, while a child kisses his godmother through a window.
The new book includes an introduction from Kate, explaining why launching Hold Still was so important to her.
She writes, “ As we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in the decades to come, we will think of the challenges we have all faced: the loved ones we have lost, the extensive isolation of our families and friends, and the press our key. workers.
But we’ll also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes that sprang from all walks of life, and how we adjusted together to a new normal.
“With Hold Still, I wanted to use the power of photography to make a lasting record of what we all went through – to capture the stories of individuals and capture important moments for families and communities during the pandemic.”
Today Kate and the National Portrait Gallery announced that the new book Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation will be available in bookstores in the UK in 2020 and will be available online from Friday, May 7, one year after the project first launched. .
The new book includes an introduction from Kate, explaining why launching Hold Still was so important to her
She continues: ‘For me, the power of the images lies in the poignant and personal stories behind them. I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to some photographers and sitters, to hear their stories firsthand – from moments of joy, love and community to deep sadness, pain, isolation and loss.
A common theme of those conversations was how lockdown reminded us of the importance of human connection and the tremendous value we place on the relationships we have with those around us.
“ Although we were physically separated, these images remind us that as families, communities, and as a nation, we need each other more than we ever realized. ”
She concludes with a thank you to everyone who took the time to submit an image, adding, “Your stories are the most critical part of this project. I hope the last 100 photos show the experiences and emotions worn throughout this time in history, pay tribute to the awesome efforts of all who have worked to protect those around them, and provide us with a space to to stop and think about it. unparalleled period. ‘