In Kate Middleton's near-decade as a working royal, fans have seen plenty of the Duchess's personal letters, issued on Kensington Palace stationery and signed with a loopy, cursive "Catherine." Her digital correspondence has been much more of a mystery—until she shared a screenshot of an email she sent on Instagram.
The message was shared to tease "Hold Still," a community project the Duchess is working on with the National Portrait Gallery. Back in May, she asked people from around the UK to submit photographic portraits as a way to document the country amid the pandemic. "'Hold Still' aims to capture a portrait of the nation, the spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time," she said in a statement at the time.
"Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery, kindness – all those things that people are experiencing." From those entries, 100 will be chosen to feature in a digital exhibition on the Gallery's site—a selection that Kate's email implies they've just made.
"Dear Judges," the email reads, "I am thrilled we have chosen the final 100 portraits." She later adds, "I couldn't have done it without you so thank you so much for your help!" Finally, she signs off with a simple "C," presumably for Catherine (though fans usually call her Kate, she goes by her full first name these days). A zip folder with the 100 chosen photographs is attached.
A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal) on Aug 28, 2020 at 4:01am PDT
It's fun to learn what an email from the Duchess of Cambridge looks like—and yes, her email is attached to her title, not Catherine—but that's not the only thing royal watchers can learn from this rare screenshot. Whoever took the shot (presumably though not certainly the Duchess herself) is clearly using the iPhone's mail app. Yes, it seems the royals shoot off work emails from their smartphones, too.
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