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Kate reveals hobby George, Charlotte and Louis have been helping her with during lockdown

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, is a keen amateur photographer and she has been taking pictures of her children during the lockdown. Kate spoke out about her hobby in an appearance on ITV’s This Morning as she launched a new project to inspire people to pick up a camera.

The mother-of-three, who is patron of the Royal Photographic Society, said: “Well, I’m very much an amateur photographer, I sort of learn along the way.

“But actually, during this time, I have spent lots of time picking up my camera and taking photographs of the children because they are always around us and we are doing stuff together, which has been great.”

The Cambridges are spending the lockdown at their Norfolk residence Anmer Hall.

Kate delighted royal fans by releasing her own photos of Louis, two, and Charlotte, five, to mark their birthdays.

Louis was making a rainbow poster as a symbol of hope amid the coronavirus pandemic in a series of images taken by the duchess in April.

The youngster showed off his paint-covered hands in the adorable snaps.

Commenting on the pictures, Kate said: “I should’ve taken a photograph of what I looked like after as well.

“Luckily, that wasn’t documented but I was pretty much, I looked like Louis at the end of those.”

Charlotte was helping to deliver pasta to elderly people on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in photos taken by her mother for her birthday in May.

The duchess said: “Again, this was part of a collection, that photograph particularly of Charlotte was part of a collection to try and tell a story.

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“And that’s really what we hope people will take inspiration through this project, is really just to try and tell their part of a story from a personal level to try and help showcase and share what they’re going through.”

Kate wants budding photographers to take pictures for her Hold Still initiative – being run with the National Portrait Gallery – to document their experiences during the coronavirus crisis.

She said: “There’s lots of images of clinical settings and of the community spirit, but actually there’s not that much imagery of what people are experiencing back home in isolation in their own homes and things like that.

“Life has changed totally for all of us and actually to be able to see what people are living through and going though at this time, I think would be great.”

During the interview, Kate also spoke about discussing social distancing measures with her three children.

She said: “But it is difficult, it’s hard to explain to a five and a six, nearly seven-year-old, what’s going on.

“But the schools are being great at supporting them as well. Hard times, but we’ve got the support out there I think.”

And she told how she has been keeping in touch with family members during the lockdown, which is in its seventh week.

Kate said: “We hadn’t done a huge amount of FaceTime and face calls and things like that, but obviously we’re doing that a lot more now and actually it’s been really great.

“We try and check in daily with family members and speak to them about news and things like that.

“In some ways I suppose we’ve got a lot more contact and a lot more face time than perhaps we would’ve done before.”


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