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The Duchess of Cambridge is turning her photography project into a book for charity

The Duchess of Cambridge is taking her Hold Still project forward and getting into publishing!

Catherine announced that she will be publishing a new book encircling the photography project she started last year that captured the life of Britons during the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown that was enforced because of it.

The best 100 submissions from the project will be getting featured in the book by the duchess.

In the book’s foreword, Catherine wrote: “When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers.”

Glass kisses by Steph James

“But we will also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adapted to a new normal,” she wrote.

Last precious moments by Kris Tantag and Sue Hicks

“Through Hold Still, I wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of what we were all experiencing – to capture individuals’ stories and document significant moments for families and communities as we lived through the pandemic,” she continued.

Prayers for our community by The Revd. Tim Haywar

“I hope that the final 100 images showcase the experiences and emotions borne during this extraordinary moment in history, pay tribute to the awe-inspiring efforts of all who have worked to protect those around them, and provide a space for us to pause and reflect upon this unparalleled period,” she added.


Thank you by Wendy Huson

The book will be released on May 7 with the net proceeds getting split between mental health charity Mind and the National Portrait Gallery.

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Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of The National Portrait Gallery, said in a statement regarding the book: “The public response to Hold Still, which was spearheaded by our Patron, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, has been phenomenal. The photographs submitted have helped to create a unifying and cathartic portrait of life in lockdown.”

The first kiss by Ali Harris and Leigh Harris

“We are honoured to have been able to share a selection of these photographs with the nation, first through the online and community exhibition and now through this new publication,” he added.

Street artist at work by Victoria Stokes

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind also issued a statement, saying: “The coronavirus pandemic is a mental health emergency as well as a physical one. The devastating loss of life, the impact of lockdown, and any recession that lies ahead means there has never been a more crucial time to prioritise our mental health.”

Distanced gaming by Tracey Philbey

“Thank you to everyone who submitted a portrait to tell such a moving and deeply human story of the pandemic,” he added.

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