On Wednesday evening, Duchess Kate has hosted an event to thank everyone who worked on her Hold Still project.
Last year, partnering with the National Portrait Gallery, Kate launched a special photography project, Hold Still. She invited people of all ages to send in a portrait depicting their lives amid the coronavirus pandemic.
And now, a year later, she wrote on hers and Prince William’s Instagram account: “Thank you to the brilliant partners who made Hold Still a reality!
“It took a long time to bring everyone behind this incredible project together in person but tonight we finally managed it. The idea for #HoldStill2020 came right at the start of the pandemic, and aimed to bring people and communities together, using the amazing power of photography.
“It was made possible by so many partners – @nationalportraitgallery @coopuk @bookfairies_uk – to name just a few, and what’s more remarkable is how it was all orchestrated from kitchen tables and spare bedrooms!
“The most special thanks must go to the thousands of people across the country who took time to share their experiences of lockdown. Without them, the project really would not have been possible.”
For the reception this evening, Kate wore a cream Self Portrait dress and accessorized her outfit with a pair of golden earrings.
The result of Kate’s project was a photobook Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 which brought together the final 100 Hold Still portraits, as well as the stories that go along with the moving images.
All proceeds from the book went to the Mind charity and the National Portrait Gallery, of which the Duchess is a patron.