Kate Middleton makes sweet tribute to Diana on launch of portrait book

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March 31, 2021

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Sunday launched a book of photographic portraits taken during Britain’s COVID-19 lockdowns that she said would provide a lasting record of the pandemic.

The Duchess, a passionate photographer herself, began the project with the National Portrait Gallery last year, inviting people to submit photos taken during Britain’s first coronavirus lockdown.

Sharing the news with a candid portrait, Kate made a subtle nod to the late Princess Diana in her choice of clothing. Donning a red sweater with a white ‘piecrust’ collar, a favourite of the late Diana’s during the 80s and 90s.

A panel of judges including Kate chose 100 portraits from over 31,000 entries, which were shown in digital and community exhibitions before the book was announced.

“Through ‘Hold Still’, I wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of what we were all experiencing – to capture individuals’ stories and document significant moments for families and communities as we lived through the pandemic,” Kate wrote in the introduction to the book.

A preview of the new book “Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020”, announced by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and the National Portrait Gallery, is seen in this handout picture released by the Kensington Palace in Britain. The National Portrait Gallery

The book, called “Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020”, will be available from May 7, exactly a year after the project began. Net proceeds will be split between the National Portrait Gallery and the British mental health charity Mind.

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