Kate Middleton shed light on the experiences of children, the elderly and key figures when she selected some of her favorite images she has received so far as part of her community photography project.
Earlier this month, the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, joined forces with the National Portrait Gallery to launch Hold Still, which is designed to capture the nation’s “spirit, mood, hopes and fears” through photography.
Today, the Kensington Palace Instagram account shared some of the standout entries to date, featuring snaps, including one of a cute girl beaming while dressed in a nurse’s uniform.
In another photo, you can see an elderly couple dancing happily in their driveway cheering NHS workers as part of the Clap for Carers campaign.
Kate Middleton, 38, has shared some of her favorite submissions to her Hold Still photography project, including one of a boy kissing his grandmother through a window
In another photo shared by the Kensington Royal Instagram page, an older couple joyfully applauded NHS employees as part of the Clap for Carers campaign
On one of the other press studs, a cute little girl beamed as she dressed in a nurse’s uniform and was given the title ‘Thank you’
The images range from lighthearted to heartbreaking, but each captures a different aspect of closed life.
Prior to posting the snaps on Instagram tonight, the Kensington Royal Instagram page shared a quote from the Duchess.
It said, “Hold still wants to capture a portrait of the nation, a spirit of the nation that everyone is going through right now.
“Photos that reflect resilience, courage, and kindness – all those things people experience.”
Another image showed a curious little boy walking along the top of the wall outside his house enjoying VE celebrations
Hospital Visit: Another photo submitted for the project showed a young person wearing a mask in a hospital bed
Kate, who spearheaded the campaign, is the Patron Saint of the National Portrait Gallery and an avid amateur photographer, who with the nation’s help is currently aiming to take a snapshot of the UK.
The Duchess personally takes 100 photos for the Still Still exhibition.
Earlier this month, she said she was “struck” by the many “incredible” images that have already been seen, which have given us an insight into people’s experiences and stories – some of the desperately sad images depicting the human tragedy of this pandemic show’.
Some of the images depicted children and the elderly, others were a tribute to key employees, including a driver titled ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’
One of the snaps shared by the royal account was submitted in tribute to ‘paragon parents’
People from all over the UK are invited to submit a photographic portrait made for the community project during these extraordinary times.
Participants are also encouraged to provide a short written submission to outline the experiences and emotions of those depicted in their photo.
Hold Still is completely free, open to all ages and abilities, and focuses on three core themes – ‘Helpers and Heroes’, ‘Your New Normal’ and ‘Acts of Kindness’.
Another showed a parent teaching his young child to bake bread, which has become a common lockdown activity for many families in the UK
One of the striking photos showed a young person peering through the glass of their front door
The idea is to create a unique photographic portrait of the people of our country in a closed state, while ‘stopping’ for the good of others, and celebrating those who have gone on so we can stay safe.
It reflects resilience and courage, humor and sadness, creativity and kindness, and human tragedy and hope.
Hold Still will also serve as a reminder of the significance of human connection in times of adversity, and that although we were physically separated, as a community and nation, we all faced the challenge together.
The Duchess launched the community photography project earlier this month and said she wanted to capture the ‘portrait of the nation’