Kate Middleton Praises Girl Embracing Her Paramedic Dad In Picture For Hold Still Photography Contest
The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed how her children are sometimes reluctant to be tricked by their mother during a phone call with a finalist in her Hold Still photography competition.
Kate, 39, who is an avid amateur photographer, admitted that her children will ask Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, ‘Mom, please stop shooting.’
The royal family’s comments were directed at Ceri, whose daughter Poppy Edwards of Newport, South Wales, appears in a “touching” portrait that is one of 100 photos chosen for Kate’s Hold Still project.
The black and white image, titled ‘Be Safe Daddy’, shows Poppy giving her father Mark a hug before he left to work as a paramedic during the coronavirus crisis.
Kate launched the Hold Still initiative during the lockdown, asking the public to submit their photos capturing the period for a digital exhibition in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.
The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) has revealed how her children are sometimes reluctant to be tricked by their mother during a phone call with a finalist in her Hold Still photography competition
Kate, 39, who is an avid amateur photographer, admitted that her children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis (along with Prince William), three, will ask, “Mom, please stop shooting.”
The telephone conversation between Kate, Poppy and Ceri, was published on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s YouTube channel today.
Moms Kate and Ceri connected over their shared love of photography.
When the Duchess asked if Poppy’s parent was a photographer, Ceri said, “No. Well, Mark would say otherwise, just because I take a lot of pictures of the family.”
Mother-of-three Kate chuckled and replied, “It’s like me. Everyone says, “Mommy, please stop shooting.”‘
Relatedly, Ceri replied, “I know, but I love it. I like to look back. I think when you have kids, time really seems to go at warp speed, and it’s just a beautiful thing for me. You look back and see how much the children have grown.’
The royal’s (pictured) comments were made to Ceri, whose daughter Poppy Edwards, of Newport, South Wales, appears in a ‘touching’ portrait that is one of 100 photos chosen for Kate’s Hold Still project
The Duchess often supports birthday portraits of her three children and other special family moments.
Later in the conversation, Kate said Ceri’s image really stood out to her, as it showed “strength, courage and resilience” as well as the “tenderness and importance” of families.
“It’s such a sensitive and tender moment between a father and a daughter,” Kate said on the phone. “These simple moments have touched so many and have truly resonated with so many across the country, so thank you for sharing your photo and your story.”
Dubbed ‘Be Safe Daddy’, the black and white image (pictured) shows Poppy giving her father Mark a hug before he left to work as a paramedic during the coronavirus crisis
Poppy (pictured) revealed to the Duchess she was ‘so scared’ that her father, Mark, who works as a paramedic, would catch Covid-19 at work
She said the image also recognized the importance of frontline workers and the different generations that have been affected by the crisis.
During the five-minute conversation, recorded in Fall 2020, Kate praised Poppy for her bravery and quizzed her about her favorite things to learn in school.
Her mother revealed that Poppy was struggling with her father having to work as a paramedic during the Covid-19 pandemic and that she worried about him every time he left to go to work.
Kate said on the phone, “I loved seeing your big hug with your dad. Hugs are very important.
“I bet your dad took that and it helped him at work all day.”
Poppy replied, ‘Thank you. I was so afraid he would get the Corona.’
The video of the recorded conversation featured a photo of a casual-looking Kate speaking on the phone (left), wearing a Whistles blouse, as well as a photo of Poppy and her mother Ceri (right)
Kate added: “It must have been a real concern for you… It must have been so hard for you, Poppy, but I bet you were very brave.”
A photo of a casual-looking Kate on the phone, wearing a Whistles blouse and black trousers, and a photo of Poppy and her mother Ceri appeared with a recording of their conversation playing in the background.
The Hold Still project encouraged the public to capture life through photographs during the pandemic. It has since been transformed into an exhibition and book.
After being homeschooled during the pandemic, Poppy is back at school where she still “loves to learn”.
Her father Mark worked as a paramedic for the West Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust at its station in Hereford during the lockdown.