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Kate visits Waterloo for personal event – but William eyes up VERY different attraction

Kate headed to south London this morning to meet one of the subjects of a portrait submitted for the Hold Still contest as well as view the photographs scattered around the city. The Duchess was supported by her husband William as she walked through Waterloo to take a look at billboards portraying some of the 100 pictures chosen as finalists of the project.  

Kate, wearing a long Alexander McQueen red coat above a white blouse and black trousers, was pictured pointing at one of the billboards while speaking to Prince William. 

During their trip to south London, however, the Duke of Cambridge appeared to be interested also in another attraction. 

The cheeky Duke was photographed looking inside a KFC restaurant, eyeing the products bought by the smiling customer sitting near the window.  

Kate’s engagement marks the launch of the posters which, from today and throughout the next four weeks, will show the 100 hand-picked photographs chosen as finalists by a panel of judges on billboard and outdoor poster sites in 80 areas across the UK. 

Among the sites chosen, many are in the home towns of the entrants. 

All of the 100 photographs will also be shown at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire from 23rd October.

While in Waterloo, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Sami Massalami Mohammed Elmassalami Ayad, a volunteer at a community Food Hub in Hackney. 

The volunteer was the protagonist of ‘Sami’ a portrait by Hold Still finalist Gray Hutton.  

Sami was photographed wearing a scrub and gloves at the time he was working at the Children With Voices Community Food Hub in the height of the COVID pandemic.  

After having spoken to Sami in front of his portrait, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. 

There, they sat down with frontline workers including Joyce Duah, who took Hold Still’s ‘All in This Together’ photo.

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In the picture taken by the specialist oncology pharmacist, there are two of her colleagues, Amelia Chowdhury and Dipal Samuel. 

The pair had been redeployed to the intensive care unit at St Bartholomew’s at the height of the pandemic. 

The picture was taken on May 15 during a lunch break.  

After learning her photograph had been chosen among 99 others, Joyce praised her co-workers saying: “Amelia and Dipal have been working hard as pharmacy technicians, delivering vital medication multiple times a day to ICU.

“I’ve watched them with such admiration for what they are doing and more importantly their positive attitudes.  

“They spend their precious lunch breaks encouraging each other with humour and I think they are so brave.

“I decided I wanted to use my photography skills to document some of their journey.

“I’m so proud of the team and all they do and it’s been a privilege to capture their journey during this historic time.”  

Kate and Prince William wore face coverings during their trips in the car. 

Their engagements were carried out outside, where Government guidelines on coronavirus don’t require people who can stay two metres away from one another to use a face mask. 

However, the Duke and Duchess chose to keep their face covering on during their visit to the hospital. 

While the 100 finalists’ portraits are plastered across Britain on posters, one, ‘Melanie’ has also been turned into a splendid mural in Manchester. 

The picture, taken in May by Johannah Churchill, shows a nurse on the frontline in full PPE sitting down during a brief break. 

Kate launched the Hold Still project in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery in May. 

The Duchess asked people of all ages to submit images they had taken and believed were representing the spirit of Britain during the lockdown. 

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