The Duchess of Cambridge has just released her photography book Hold Still, with the royal sharing a tease online for the fans. Kate shared a short clip on her and Prince William’s official Instagram account, showing her in a red coat as she places a copy of the new book outside Kensington Palace.
The post was accompanied with the caption: “Let the search begin! We’ve joined @bookfairies_uk for the day to share copies of Hold Still around the UK with you.
“Each copy is adorned with a gold book fairy sticker, gold ribbon, and has a letter from The Duchess tucked inside. To make this activity even more special, book fairies, the Hold Still judges and participants of the final 100 images are leaving copies at places that gave them hope during the lockdown.
“This special book documenting the unique collection of photographs goes on sale today in UK bookshops and online.”
The Book Fairies is a literary movement to inspire readers to share books that they have read and enjoyed by leaving them in public spaces for others to find.
And royal fans were quick to catch on, filling the comments to share their excitement, with one fan writing: “I wish I could be the one to find. This is amazing!” While another wrote: “Such a lovely idea.”
The recordings of the Duchess’s phone calls with the finalists of the Hold Still community photography project were also shared on William and Kate’s new Youtube channel.
The Duchess took part in a moving phone call with Lynda Sneddon and her four-year-old daughter, one of the participants whose photo was included in the project. The call was from autumn of last year, and during the conversation, Kate promised the little girl that she would wear a pink dress when they will be able to meet.
Kate partnered up with The Co-op in putting together the book, the organization that helped run the community exhibitions on billboards and outdoor poster sites in 80 towns, cities and areas last October all over the UK. The final 100 photographs were first displayed in a digital exhibition on the National Portrait Gallery’s website.
All the money from the sales of the book will be split between leading mental health charity Mind and the National Portrait Gallery. The money gathered will help support arts and mental health projects across the UK, such as Mind’s work in local communities and the National Portrait Gallery’s education and community projects.