Kate Middleton has been secretly hiding books around London

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In wholesome news Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has started a treasure hunt to celebrate the launch of her new photography book Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020.

According to Prince William and Kate Middleton's social media accounts, the Duchess spent last Friday morning (7 May) teaming up with the Book Fairies, an international network of book lovers who leave books around the world for others to find, to hide copies of Hold Still in various places around the UK.

In 2020, Kate joined the National Portrait Gallery (of which she is the royal patron) in creating the community photography project Hold Still, which asked people around the UK to submit photos showing the realities of their lives during the coronavirus pandemic to create a ‘unique collective portrait of the UK during lockdown.’ Out of 31,000 entries, 100 photos were selected for a digital exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Earlier this year it was announced that the project, including the final 100 photos, was being turned into a special coffee table book, Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, with a special foreword written by the Duchess of Cambridge herself.

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According to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges' Instagram, which btw has a brand-new handle, each copy of Hold Still is "adorned with a gold book fairy sticker, gold ribbon, and has a letter from The Duchess tucked inside."

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If that wasn't sweet enough, it turns out the rest of the copies are being hidden by participants of the final 100 images in "places that gave them hope during the lockdown."

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Hold Still costs £24.95 with the proceeds of the book being split between the National Portrait Gallery and the mental health charity Mind. If you don't manage to find one of the special copies hidden around the UK, the book is now available for purchase in UK bookstores and at the National Portrait Gallery website.

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