Kate Middleton was visible emotional as she explained why “harrowing” images of those on the NHS frontline are important to showcase at this time.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, appeared on This Morning today to launch ambitious project Hold Still, which will run for the next six weeks.
Brits have been asked to send in selfies and photos of their memories of the coronavirus pandemic for a national exhibition.
The project is being run in conjunction with the National Portrait gallery, which Kate has been a patron of since January 2012.
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield via video link today, she said: “I think we’ve all been struck by the most extraordinary images that have come out.”
Kate has already selected a number of images that have resonated with her over the last few months, which include a female NHS frontline worker with her face marked from wearing PPE during a 12-hour shift and 100-year-old war vet fundraiser Captain Tom Moore.
Addressing the image of the nurse with marks on her face, she said: “It’s a really harrowing image actually and one of the images that is so important to document at this time.
“We need to showcase what those on the front are witnessing.”
Opening up about how her children had reacted to lockdown, Kate spoke about homeschooling her three children.
She quipped: “George gets very upset because he wants too get involved in Charlotte’s projects!”
However, she admitted that she had found it “difficult” to explain the pandemic to her children.
Asked how George, Charlotte and Louis were dealing with the “new normal”, she said: “It’s really hard. We hadn’t done a huge amount of FaceTime and calls but it’s actually been really great to check in with family about news and things like that.
“But it is difficult, it’s hard to explain to a five, six year old about what’s going on.”
There are three categories that people send pictures in with a small caption as an explanation.
This includes Your New Normal, Helpers and Heroes and Acts of Kindness.
Speaking about the launch of Hold Still, Kate said: “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.
“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.”
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