ICYMI: The Duchess of Cambridge launched an initiative in response to the coronavirus pandemic last year. The project, titled Hold Still, was an effort to "help capture the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the U.K." with photos taken by people across the United Kingdom. The campaign received 31,598 submissions and 100 portraits were selected as finalists and featured in a digital exhibition.
This week, the 39-year-old announced that the finalists will appear in a book published by the National Portrait Gallery in a heartfelt note on social media. Part of the caption read, “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. C.”
The message was accompanied by a candid new image of Middleton holding a camera outside of her country home in Norfolk. And while we love to get a glimpse into her gorgeous yard, it was her outfit that really held a special meaning.