Dazzling in a bright red coat dress, on Friday, Duchess Kate stepped out in London to mark the release of her new photography book. She left copies of her Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, scattered around the UK for people to find. It features 100 photographs of people from across the nation and aims to capture a “collective portrait of the UK during lockdown”.
Posting on her official account, she said: “Let the search begin!
One copy of the book was found by Twitter user Krish and his housemate in London’s Van Gogh Walk, who shared a glimpse of the secret note Kate wrote in it.
It begins: “Dear Finder.
“The Hold Still book documents a photography project which captured a portrait of our nation as we lived through the first COVID-19 lockdown last year,” Kate wrote. “The images tell the stories of the challenges we all faced, but also how we came together in the most extraordinary of times.”
“I am proud to have worked closely with the National Portrait Gallery on this project, and thrilled that the Book Fairies across the country are returning the images to the communities at the heart of Hold Still,” she continued.
The note also came with special instructions to share the book: “Once you have finished looking through the book, please leave it somewhere else in your community for the next person to enjoy.”
The note was signed, “With my very best wishes, Catherine.”
Duchess Kaate launched Hold Still photography project last year in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. The aim was to encourage those in the UK to document their experiences during the pandemic.
The project was turned into a photography book called Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, which features 100 portraits from the project, along with accompanying stories.