Kate’s last photography project was a resounding success, with a young girl who participated in the project giving the title of “real-life princess” to the Duchess.
Kate Middleton’s last project has been a huge success. The Duchess of Cambridge launched a digital exhibition of photographs taken during the global virus pandemic, titled Hold Still. The project even got praise from her Majesty herself, describing the images chosen for the exhibition as prime examples of the “resilience” of the British people.
Chris Ship, ITV correspondent, spoke to five-year-old Mila, whose picture was chosen to be in the 100 to be featured, reveals how Kate chose her.
Speaking on ITV’s Royal rota, Mr Ship said: “Kate is what you might call a ‘real-life princess’.”
Mila told Mr Ship: “There’s a real-life princess who picked my picture and the Queen knows about everything.
“Everyone in this whole entire world will see my picture.”
Producer Lizzie Robinson added: “She summed that up pretty well, didn’t she?”
For the project over 31,000 people submitted their own entries, with the entrants being of all ages, ranging from 4 to 75 years old.
The Queen was so impressed she issued a statement on the project. In it, she said: “It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to look through a number of the portraits that made the final 100 images for the Hold Still photography project.
“The Duchess of Cambridge and I were inspired to see how the photographs have captured the resilience of the British people at such a challenging time, whether that is through celebrating frontline workers, recognising community spirit or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need.”
The project is part of the National Gallery, of which Kate is patron of.
The museum said: “Featured here in this special digital exhibition, the final 100 present a unique and highly personal record of this extraordinary period in our history.
“From virtual birthday parties, handmade rainbows and community clapping to brave NHS staff, resilient keyworkers and people dealing with illness, isolation and loss.
“The images convey humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope – expressing and exploring both our shared and individual experiences.”
For the project, participants had to focus on three core themes for their works-Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal, and Acts of Kindness.
While speaking about the project, Kate said: “We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country.
“Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.”
People can still take part in the Hold Still lockdown photography project. There has been a page set up on the National Portrait gallery website dedicated specifically to the project.