Duchess Kate Surprised Fans With The Sweetest Personal Messages

Duchess Kate has surprised a number of amateur photographers by giving their ‘photos of life in lockdown’ her seal of approval. Kate has been commenting on photos of snappers who took part in her virtual photography project Hold Still, signing them ‘C’.

Earlier this month, Kate teamed up with the National Portrait Gallery to launch the project, to capture photos reflecting the spirit of the U.K. during the coronavirus pandemic.  There was a huge public reaction to the project! 7,500 entries were submitted only in the first week alone using the hashtags #HoldStill and #HoldStill2020.

One user shared a photo of a man looking out onto his garden. Kate wrote: “Thank you so much for taking part in the Hold Still project. I get so much joy from being outside and gardening too. C.”

There was also one photo of a girl Esme, posing with a painted rainbow. Her mum captioned it “Rainbow of hope”.Kate wrote: “Thank you so much for taking part in the Hold Still project!”

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‘Doortraits’ lockdown stories of my neighbours. This is beautiful Christine, she’s a nurse in my block at Albion Terrace. She has a heart made of solid gold 🥰 she follows her cat around the communal gardens to make sure it doesn’t make a mess. She leaves me Hostas in my terrace. She also saves lives. This is Christine’s story in her words This is my lockdown photo story. I wanted to wear my work scrubs for this photo because right now being a nurse feels such a strong part of my identity. For many the current lockdown means staying safe and staying at home. For me lockdown means that I continue to work full time as a nurse in the NHS. Emotions and feelings cover the whole spectrum from anxiety, frustration, and exhaustion to feeling grateful, hopeful and finding joy in the small things. The beautiful roses are from the communal gardens. These roses remind me of my grandmother and thinking of her gives me strength. The photographs are of my family who are all in New Zealand and now seem so much further away. I wonder how long it will be until flights resume and I can hug my mum and dad again. Does your street need lockdown photos? Check my bio for more Doortraits of my neighbours 🖤 #stayhome #lockdown2020 #lockdownphotography #lockdowncommunity #albionterrace #rg1 #readingphotographer #documentaryphotography #insta_readinguk #reallives #sapnaodlinphotography #covidphotography #coviddiaries #covidlife @nationalportraitgallery #holdstill @kensingtonroyal #doortraits #doortrait #doortraits4nhs #veday75 #readingnurse #holdstill2020 #lovenhs #nursesrock @nhsenglandldn @nhsengland @thercn

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She also commented on a photo of a healthcare worker in uniform. “Thank you so much for sharing your story and for all the amazing work you continue to do at this difficult time. C.”

There was also another photo of a boy blowing a dandelion, to which Kate commented: “A perfect example of Hold Still… the chance to re-engage and value the simple things around us. C.”

Duchess Kate has announced the photography project in a virtual appearance on This Morning.

She’s asked the participants for photos in three categories: Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal, and Acts of Kindness. The deadline for submissions is Thursday June 2020.

“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.

Hold Still aims to capture a portrait of the nation, the spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time. Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery, kindness – all those things that people are experiencing.”

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