Today, Kate Middleton saw the final results of a months-long undertaking—Hold Still, a UK-wide community photo exhibition of images taken during lockdown, for which she and the National Portrait Gallery began soliciting submissions in May.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrived along with the Duke to see two of the winning photographic portraits installed in London. (Though Hold Still is a digital exhibition, the selected photos are also being displayed in the photographers' hometowns on billboards and the like; over 112 of these "community exhibition sites" will be on view for four weeks.)
For the important engagement, Kate chose to wear a red coat by Alexander McQueen—one of her all-time favorite brands, and the label behind her royal wedding dress—paired with black heels, a simple top handle bag, and gold hoop earrings. When necessary, she put on her Amaia London face mask.
The Duke and Duchess first went to Waterloo to view a site and meet Sami Massalami Mohammed Elmassalami Ayad, the subject of one of the portraits on view and a volunteer at a community Food Hub. Then, they stopped by St. Bartholomew’s Hospital to speak with Joyce Duah, a pharmacist whose photograph was selected for the exhibition, and her colleagues Amelia Chowdhury and Dipal Samuel, who appear in the winning image.
Ayad, who is staying in the UK through October while studying for a Ph.D., told reporters that Kate had previously spoken with him over the phone. "The Duchess called me a few weeks ago and we had such a lovely conversation," he said, per Hello. "She told me how she wanted to build a snapshot of how Britain was coping in the pandemic, but to show all sides of what people have gone through and are still going through." He added, "The Duchess came across as really caring and dedicated, I was so impressed she took the time to call me."
William and Kate visited Waterloo to view one of the 112 Hold Still community exhibition sites and met Sami Massalami Mohammed Elmassalami Ayad, a volunteer at a community Food Hub in Hackney who features in one of the portraits displayed at the site - Sami’ by Grey Hutton pic.twitter.com/6UXGHt3XuV
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 20, 2020
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