Kate Middleton shares snaps of people posing by Hold Still portraits

Hold Still – and say cheese! Kate Middleton shares touching photos of contributors to her lockdown photography project posing beside their portraits

  • Duchess of Cambridge shared series of images on Kensington Royal Instagram
  • Included a shot of a young girl posing with a shot of her displayed on a billboard
  • Portraits from Hold Still community project went on display across UK last week

Kate Middleton has shared a series of touching photos of contributors to her lockdown photography project Hold Still posing beside their portraits.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, launched the community project in May and invited people of all ages from across the UK to submit a photographic portrait which they had taken during lockdown.

Last week the top 100 images went on show in 80 towns, cities and areas across the country.

Posting on the Kensington Royal Instagram this morning, Kate shared six snaps taken by contributors and enthusiastic members of the public posing beside portraits from the exhibition.

Kate Middleton (pictured last week) has shared a series of touching photos of members of the public posing beside portraits from her Hold Still exhibition

Posting on the Kensington Royal Instagram this morning, Kate shared six snaps taken by members of the public posing beside portraits from the exhibition. They included this shot of a grinning little girl called Amelia May, posing beside her own image, in which she’s dressed in a nurse’s uniform, entitled ‘Thank You’, in Merseyside

The Duchess encouraged people to submit more photos of themselves by Hold Still billboards, posters or digital screens and tag them with the hashtag #HoldStill2020 – and the Cambridges will feature a selection of their favourites at the end of the week

One featured a grinning little girl called Amelia May, posing beside her own image in which she’s dressed in a nurse’s uniform, entitled ‘Thank You’, in Merseyside.

Another showed a mother called Steph and her young son Jaxon posing beside their image, entitled ‘Glass Kisses’, which sees the little boy press his hand against a window while his grandmother kisses it from behind the pane.

On sharing the snap, taken in Worlds End and displayed at a bus stop, Steph said Jaxon is ‘starting to recognise himself’. 

In one image, the subject of Nina Robinson’s shot – her grandfather wearing a face mask – entitled In Family We Trust, stands beside his portrait in Stoke. 

Another sees dementia patient carer Fabiana Connors, who is the star of Care Worker, looking thrilled as she poses by her image in Borehamwood.

And one sees a woman observe a large billboard version of The Look of Lockdown, displayed at London Waterloo, visited by Kate and Prince William last week. 

Another showed a mother called Steph and her young son Jaxon posing beside their image, entitled ‘Glass Kisses’, which sees the little boy press his hand against a window while his grandmother kisses it from behind the pane 


In one image, the subject of Nina Robinson’s shot – her grandfather wearing a face mask – entitled In Family We Trust, stands beside his portrait in Stoke (right). Also pictured: a man posing beside an image entitled Care Worker (left)

One snap sees a woman observe a large billboard version of The Look of Lockdown, displayed at London Waterloo, visited by Kate and Prince William last week

The post featured the caption: ‘Last week the Hold Still community exhibition arrived in towns and cities across the UK. 

‘Since then, we have seen so many photos of the portraits across the country, and wanted to share some of those touching images.

‘With your help, we are going to continue to highlight people’s experience of life during lockdown.’

The Duchess encouraged people to submit more photos of themselves by Hold Still billboards, posters or digital screens and tag them with the hashtag #HoldStill2020 – and the Cambridges will feature a selection of their favourites at the end of the week.

The Cambridges’ post racked up more than 52,500 within 40 minutes, with dozens of their 12 million followers praising the images. Pictured: dementia patient carer Fabiana Connors, who is the star of Care Worker, looking thrilled as she poses by her image in Borehamwood

Kate Middleton, 38, appeared effortlessly elegant last week as she was joined by Prince William, 38, to launch her lockdown photography exhibition

Their post racked up more than 52,500 within 40 minutes, with dozens of their 12 million followers praising the images.

‘This is so lovely,’ commented one, while another gushed: ‘Love this project!!’

‘Oh my goodness … that little girl in picture #1 is too cute for words! Lovely, inspirational photos,’ wrote another.

The Hold Still initiative aimed to capture and document ‘the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the nation’ as the UK dealt with the coronavirus outbreak.

Kate previously said she had been ‘so overwhelmed by the public’s response to Hold Still, the quality of the images has been extraordinary, and the poignancy and the stories behind the images have been equally as moving as well’.

The panel assessed the images on the emotions and experiences they convey, rather than on their photographic quality or technical expertise.

Kate previously said she had been ‘so overwhelmed by the public’s response to Hold Still, the quality of the images has been extraordinary, and the poignancy and the stories behind the images have been equally as moving as well’

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