The Royal Family

Why Today Was A Special Day For The Duchess Of Cambridge

On Thursday to mark World Photography Day the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared some stunning images.

At the moment they are enjoying their summer holiday with their children, with the two royals taking a moment to share some photographs on their social media accounts from the Duchess’ Hold Still photography project.

Along with the post, the couple wrote: “Photography has an amazing ability to create a lasting record of what we have all experienced & are experiencing.

“That’s why this #WorldPhotographyDay we wanted to celebrate the youth of the #HoldStill2020 photography project and share images from the youngest finalists.

“There is so much talent, creativity, and curiosity displayed in each and every one of these pictures. Thank you to the @NPGLondon for being the home and archive of all these incredible stories.”

This project was started by the National Portrait Gallery along with the Duchess of Cambridge during the first lockdown, with Kate encouraging the public to join in. And many did, with thousands of photographs being sent, capturing all kinds of moments such as the bravery of NHS staff, rainbows, and community clapping.

In the end, only 100 photos were chosen and were displayed in a digital exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Those 100 were also compiled into a Hold Still book, which was published in May.

Kate, who is quite the photographer herself, often takes photographs of her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, most often sharing private photographs on birthdays and special occasions.

Earlier this month, Kensington Palace shared three photos taken by the Duchess as the family of five took part in the Big Butterfly Count in Norfolk. One of the photos showed six-year-old Charlotte gently holding a Red Admiral butterfly in the palm of her hand in what seems to be a lavender field.

Kate has also had some success with other non-family photographs, such as the two portraits she did with two Holocaust survivors and their grandchildren, which were taken in January 2020 and have been included in a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.

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