UNITED KINGDOM

THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE MARKS THE LAUNCH OF HOLD STILL BOOK

May 7th, To mark the publication of Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation, The Duchess of Cambridge has visited The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and the National Portrait Gallery a year to the day since she launched the lockdown photography project.

Proceeds raised from the sale of the book will be split between mental health charity Mind and the National Portrait Gallery, helping to support arts and mental health projects across the United Kingdom.

To make the launch of the book even more special, The Duchess of Cambridge, Book Fairies UK, Hold Still judges and participants of the final 100 images are leaving copies at places that gave them hope during the lockdown.

Each copy is adorned with a gold book fairy sticker, gold ribbon, and has a letter from The Duchess tucked inside. This special book documenting the unique collection of photographs goes on sale today in United Kingdom bookshops and online.



The Royal London Hospital

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visit to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, where she saw examples of Vital Arts projects and installations. The Duchess heard about how the hospital uses art to benefit its staff and patients.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is shown the artwork on display by Director of Vital Arts for Barts Health NHS Trust, Catsou Roberts.

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Next, she was shown the framed portrait of “Melanie, March 2020” by Johannah Churchill the Hold Still 2020 front cover image, which The Duchess and The National Portrait Gallery have gifted to hang at the Hospital as a reminder of NHS staff efforts during COVID-19.

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Framed portrait of “Melanie, March 2020” by Johannah Churchill the Hold Still 2020 front cover image.



Afterwards, Her Royal Highness spoke with a small group of the NHS staff about their experiences of working throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

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The National Portrait Gallery

The Duchess also visited the National Portrait Gallery Archives and spoke to some of the people whose entries have been included in the new book Hold Still. The final 100 Hold Still images are to become part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

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The Duchess of Cambridge views a photo of Captain Tom Moore alongside Curator Magda Keaney.

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During the visit, Her Royal Highness talks to ‘Hold Still’ entrants Naz Maleknia (centre) and Claudia Burton (right).

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Royal Fashion: Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine wore a red coat by Eponine London, the wool crepe ‘Coat Dress’ comes from the A/W 2018 collection, underneath she wore Zara’s ‘Belted Pleated Skirt’ in Beige.

She carried a new bag by DeMellier London, the ‘Nano Montreal’ bag in ‘deep coffee smooth’, for heels, she wore her Ralph Lauren ‘Celia’ calfskin pumps. The Duchess finished off the look with her Mappin & Webb 18ct white gold ‘Empress’ diamond earrings.

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