Kate shares stunning new photo of herself to celebrate Hold Still photography book

Francesca Rice
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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

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The Duchess of Cambridge has posted a stunning and previously unseen new photograph of herself on social media, as she shared some exciting news about a brand new project with royal fans on Sunday (28 March).

Kate has teamed up with the National Portrait Gallery to create a new book, based on the Hold Still photography competition that she launched last year, inviting the nation to submit photographic portraits taken during the first national lockdown. The project aimed to create a unique record of the country's experiences, both shared and personal.

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The book will showcase the 100 finalists from Hold Still - selected from 31,000 entries - and will be available to order online and in shops from 7 May, with funds going to the mental health charity Mind as well as to the National Portrait Gallery.

In the gorgeous new photograph of Kate, the duchess looks relaxed and happy standing outside in the evening sunshine while holding her own camera.

The royal is wearing a dark red knit over an on-trend white blouse with a ruffled collar, thought to be from French label Sézane, which has sadly now sold out. The outfit appears to be the same one Kate that wore in the Cambridge family's official 2020 Christmas card photo.

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Alongside the new photograph, Kate shared a lovely message with fans about her new project, signed off with a 'C' for Catherine.

"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," her message reads. "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."

It continues: "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."

The Hold Still book can be pre-ordered now for £24.95, and will be available on 7 May.


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