The Duchess of Cambridge is a very keen photographer and we’ve seen her talent many times through the photos we’ve managed to see, but up until recently, we didn’t know what sparked her interest.
However, we just might have found an answer in a new interview with someone close to the Duchess.
Claudia AcottWillliams curator of Life Through a Royal Lens, Kensington Palace’s new photography exhibition, recently shared in an interview that it was in fact Peter Middleton, Kate’s paternal grandfather, who inspired the Duchess to pick up the camera.
Williams says that Kate Middleton had told her and other employees at Historic Royal Palaces, the charity which operates the public areas of the palace, that the Duchess’ grandfather was a talented photographer in his day.
“Her grandfather was a very good photographer. When she was a child, he would show her his slides. It was him who taught her how to take photographs,” said Williams.
While we previously thought that Kate picked up photography through her father Michael Middleton, it seems the passion goes back to grandfather Peter, a former RAF pilot who unfortunately passed away in November 2010 at the age of 90.
The Duchess is seemingly also looking into passing on her passion, she even organized the photography initiative Hold Still to encourage people to capture moments from lockdown. The initiative garnered over 31,000 entries from photographers of all ages with 100 images chosen to appear in a virtual exhibition.
“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,” said the Duchess.