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Kate receives NEW ‘princess’ title after photography project captures hearts of nation

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, launched a digital exhibition of photographs taken during the coronavirus pandemic. The Queen has praised how many images captured the “resilience” of the British people. ITV’s royal correspondent Chris Ship spoke to five-year-old Mila, who has been shielding, about how Kate chose her image to be included in the 100 picked.

Speaking on ITV’s Royal rota, Mr Ship said: “Kate is what you might call a ‘real-life princess’.”

Mila told Mr Ship: “There’s a real-life princess who picked my picture and the Queen knows about everything.

“Everyone in this whole entire world will see my picture.”

Producer Lizzie Robinson added: “She summed that up pretty well, didn’t she?”

Over 31,000 people responded by submitting their own entries. Entrants varied in age from 4 to 75 years old.

In a statement, the Queen said: “It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to look through a number of the portraits that made the final 100 images for the Hold Still photography project.

“The Duchess of Cambridge and I were inspired to see how the photographs have captured the resilience of the British people at such a challenging time, whether that is through celebrating frontline workers, recognising community spirit or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need.”

The project is part of the National Gallery which Kate is a patron of.


The museum said: “Featured here in this special digital exhibition, the final 100 present a unique and highly personal record of this extraordinary period in our history.

“From virtual birthday parties, handmade rainbows and community clapping to brave NHS staff, resilient keyworkers and people dealing with illness, isolation and loss.

“The images convey humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope – expressing and exploring both our shared and individual experiences.”

Participants had to focus on three core themes in their submissions – Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal, and Acts of Kindness.

Speaking about the project the Duchess of Cambridge 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.”

People can still take part in the Hold Still lockdown photography project.

A page has been set up on the National Portrait Gallery website dedicated specifically to the project.

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