Kate Middleton just shared a rare personal post to mark a big milestone

Megan Sutton
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Photo credit: JACK HILL - Getty Images
Photo credit: JACK HILL - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

It’s long been known that Kate Middleton is a lover of photography, not least because of the adorable snaps she’s taken of her children that have been shared to mark key moments like birthdays.

Last year, Kate was involved in selecting 100 photographs which were displayed in the National Portrait Gallery’s Hold Still exhibition. The collection of images told the stories of people throughout 2020, giving an insight into their individual lives and painting a bigger picture of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, Kate has announced she’s written an introduction for the accompanying Hold Still book, in a rare personal post on Kensington Royal’s social media channels.

“When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers. But we will also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adapted to a new normal,” she said in the post which also features a brand new photo of Kate looking relaxed while holding her camera.

“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. C.”

The poignant message, signed off with a ‘C’ for Catherine, shows just how passionate the royal and keen photographer is about the project. We sometimes see Kate's husband, Prince William, signing of personal social media posts with a 'W', too, but it's rare.

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Kensington Royal also posted an unboxing video of Kate’s new book (a sentence we never thought we’d type!) revealing its impactful cover.

“This new book will bring together the final 100 Hold Still portraits that provided a unique record of our shared and individual experiences of the first UK lockdown. Funds raised from the sale of the book will be split between leading mental health charity, Mind, and the National Portrait Gallery,” the post read.

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Hold Still will be available in UK bookshops and online from Friday 7 May, and it’s available to pre-order now.

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