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The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton stuns in a new photograph which has been released along with the announcement of the launch of a new photography book.
Kate, 39, and the National Portrait Gallery have announced the new photography book, Hold Still, which will contain 100 images taken during the Covid-19 pandemic.
These will include images of key workers and people isolated from family and friends, as well as moments of joy.
The images are from the Hold Still project, which was launched last year and saw people from across the UK submit photographs which they had taken during the first lockdown.
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An incredible 31,000 images were submitted, with 100 images then selected and shown in a digital exhibition displayed across the UK.
The new book, which is called Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, will raise money for mental health charity Mind and the National Portrait Gallery.
In a post on Kensington Palace’s Instagram account, Kate revealed that she wanted to create a lasting record of the pandemic – particularly the acts of kindness made by people and the incredible NHS heroes who have worked tirelessly throughout this time.
A stunning new image of the mum-of-three was released in which she is dressed in a red jumper with a white collar underneath, while she is holding up a camera.
Prince William's wife beams as she looks away to the side, as her brown hair is pulled back into a side ponytail and she wears dainty gold hoop earrings.
Kate wrote: “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.
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“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.”
Kate simply signed off the statement with a simple ‘C’ – to represent her name, Catherine.
The book will be available from booksellers from Friday, 7 May, which marks one year since Hold Still was first launched.
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