Duchess of Cambridge Hold Still Book


Kensington Palace has shared a new photo of the Duchess of Cambridge to announce that her Hold Still photography project was turned into a book ‘Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020.’

The Hold Still project, which was launched in May 2020, attracted 31,000 entries from photographers of all ages, with 100 final images later chosen to appear in a digital exhibition as well as in community exhibitions across the United Kingdom.

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The book with the final 100 Hold Still images will be available in United Kingdom bookshops and online from Friday May 7. Funds raised from the sale of the book will be split between leading mental health charity, Mind and the National Portrait Gallery.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wrote the foreword for the book.

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‘Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020’ creates a “lasting record” of the nation’s experience of lockdown during the pandemic.

Focussed on three themes – Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness – 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. ⁠⁠

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Her Royal Highness wrote the following message on the instagram account of Kensington Royal:

“When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers. But we will also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adapted to a new normal.

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.”


The Duchess is wearing her Sezane Marguerite Blouse and Daniella Draper Cupid Hoop Earrings. The new photo was taken by Matt Porteous in 2020 on the same day as the photo the Cambridges used for their 2020 Christmas Card.

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"Glass Kisses" by Steph James.

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Life Goes on" by Matthew Williams.

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"Working from home" by Rosangela Borgese.

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"2 Sleeping Colleagues Unmasked" by Jane Roe.

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"We are the Future" by Daisy Valencia.

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"Band practise at a distance" by Becky Wickes.

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