KATE Middleton has shared more images selected for a photography exhibition she launched over lockdown. 

The Duchess of Cambridge spearheaded the project, called Hold Still, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, where she's a patron. 

Kate, 38, and a panel whittled down more than 31,000 submissions to a top 100, which will feature in a special digital exhibition on the gallery’s website from tomorrow. 

Kensington Royal’s Instagram page teased a selection of images chosen by the mum-of-three, including a snap of a Black Lives Matter protester.

The black-and-white image shows a woman holding up a sign saying ‘Be on the right side of history’. 

Other photos unveiled include a child kissing their grandma through a window, a student holding up her exam qualifications, and a child in a supermarket with empty shelves. 

Kate, who is a keen ameteur photographer, previously chatted about choosing the top 100 images in a clip, joking: “It's going to be so difficult to edit this down.”

And she added: “I've been so overwhelmed by the public's response to Hold Still, the quality of the images has been extraordinary, and the poignancy and the stories behind the images have been equally as moving as well.

“So I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has entered and taken part. And a big thank you to my fellow judges. 

“I hugely appreciate the time and dedication that they have shown towards the project.”

Kate was joined by four other judges, the Gallery’s Director Nicholas Cullinan, author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, Chief Nursing Officer for England Ruth May, and award-winning photographer Maryam Wahid. 

The Duchess said she “couldn’t have done it” without their support, as the royal’s Twitter page shared an email from her.

She wrote: “I am thrilled we have chosen the final 100 portraits.


“I thought you might like to see the images all together so please find them attached. 

“I couldn’t have done it without you so thank you so much for your help!”

Over the last few days photos which have made the final cut have been teased by the Gallery and Kensington Royal’s twitter pages. 


“We are excited to reveal three more images from #HoldStill2020 community photography project. 

“Spearheaded by the Duchess of Cambridge, the final 100 will feature in a digital exhibition, launching on Monday 14 September”, the National Gallery posted. 

The three snaps they showcased were Rainbow by Helen Pugh, Keep smiling through. Just like you always do. ‘Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away’ By Jessica Sommerville and Empty by Julie Thiberg.


Describing the ‘one of a kind’ exhibition, the Gallery’s website said: “Hold Still, a portrait of our nation in 2020, is an ambitious community project to create a unique collective portrait and capture the spirit and feelings of the nation as we deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

“The final 100 portraits create a snapshot of the UK over the past few months and reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness, and human tragedy and hope. 

“A selection of these photographs will also be shown in cities across the UK later in the year.”


Meanwhile Prince William and Kate Middleton urged to keep Instagram ‘professional’ by royal fans, offended by ‘saucy’ video.

In other royal news, we told you how Harry and Meghan had a secret date night in Australia and snuck away from the royal tour.

And shared how Meghan and Prince Harry ‘shopped themselves around’ before signing £112m Netflix deal.

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