Kensington Palace Just Announced Kate Middleton’s Massive New Photography Project

Kate Middleton is channeling her love of photography for a new community project.

The Duchess of Cambridge just launched Hold Still, a photography initiative aiming to reflect the feelings of everyone across the United Kingdom amid the current coronavirus pandemic.

The 38-year-old, in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, is asking followers to “help capture the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the U.K,” using phones or cameras and sharing the images online. Kensington Palace announced the new program in an Instagram post.

“Completely free and open to all ages and abilities, Hold Still will capture a snapshot of the U.K. at this time, creating a collective portrait of lockdown which will reflect resilience and bravery, humor and sadness, creativity and kindness, and human tragedy and hope,” part of the caption read. “One hundred shortlisted portraits will feature in a gallery without walls—a one of a kind digital exhibition open to all this August.” Wow.

In honor of her project’s new launch, Middleton took some time to virtually speak with the British daytime program This Morning.

“We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country. Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable,” Middleton said. “Hold Still aims to capture a portrait of the nation, the spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time. Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery, kindness – all those things that people are experiencing.”

Those who wish to enter their images can do so at and are encouraged to share their portraits on Instagram by tagging @KensingtonRoyal #HoldStill2020.

We can’t wait to see what beautiful images Kate (and the rest of the U.K.) captures.