Kate Middleton Shares the Final Selections for Her "Hold Still" Photography Exhibition

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Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
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  • Today, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, shared her final selections for her photography initiative, "Hold Still," in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

  • A panel of judges surveyed more than 31,000 submissions and selected 100 final photographs, which are now displayed in a digital exhibition.

  • "Hold Still" aims to record the unique individual and collective experience of living during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Duchess of Cambridge has shared the final photographs to be digitally exhibited in "Hold Still."

Today on Instagram, Kate Middleton published a collage of the 100 photos that were chosen by a panel of judges from more than 31,000 submissions. From health care workers in personal protective equipment to relatives reaching out for each other behind glass, all the photos are available for viewing on the National Portrait Gallery's website.

"In May this year, in collaboration with the @NationalPortraitGallery, we invited people of all ages, from across the UK to submit a photographic portrait which they had taken during lockdown," the Kensington Royal Instagram caption read. "The images present a unique record of our shared and individual experiences during this extraordinary period of history, conveying humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope."

Kate announced the photography initiative in May and has been hands-on throughout the selection process. She left personal comments on Instagram entries and joined a video call with the judges.

Ahead of the exhibition debut, Kate also shared the photos with Queen Elizabeth, who, in turn, wrote a letter praising the body of work.

"The Duchess of Cambridge and I were inspired to see how the photographs have captured the resilience of the British people at such a challenging time," the monarch wrote, "whether that is through celebrating frontline workers, recognising community spirit or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need."

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