On Thursday the Duchess of Cambridge announced her newest project, a photography competition she is launching with the National Portrait Gallery, which she is a patron of. She revealed the details about the competition, which encourages members of the public to send photos of their daily lives during the current global pandemic. The competition is open to all ages. Kate even went on This Morning through a video call to promote the new initiative.
Soon after that, the Queen showed her support for her daughter-in-law via the official Royal Family Twitter account, by sharing information about the project: “The Duchess of Cambridge and the @NPGLondon invite you to submit a photograph taken by you during these extraordinary times, which respond to one of the following themes: “Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal, Acts of Kindness.”
The Queen isn’t the only one that has shown her support for Kate’s new project, with Princess Eugenie also sharing information about the project on her Instagram account. She posted: “What a brilliant idea and initiative to bring acts of kindness, heroes and helpers and you’re new normal to live in a digital exhibition.”
Prince Andrew’s daughter then shared details about how people can enter, adding: “You can submit your images taken during this challenging time to the National Portrait Gallery and could hopefully be one of the 100 shortlisted for the competition.”
Entries that get on the shortlist will be displayed in a digital exhibition later this year, with Kate being on the judging panel to help out with choosing the winning entries. This project is close to the Duchess’ heart, as she has a long-held passion for photography. While at university, Kate took History of Art, which might be where her love for it started. She herself is an avid photographer, taking official portraits of her three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, to mark birthdays and other special occasions ever since 2015.
During her appearance on This Morning, the Duchess talked about how she and her family have been adapting to life in lockdown, revealing that it has had its challenges. She said: “It’s extraordinary. I’m sure you’re experiencing the same yourselves and your families and things. We’ve stuck into homeschooling again. They’re unprecedented times really. But no we’re fine, thank you for asking.”
Kate also revealed that they are keeping in contact with other family members via FaceTime on a daily basis and when speaking about homeschooling with her eldest children, she said: “George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of Charlotte’s projects. Spider sandwiches are far cooler than literacy work!”