Duchess Kate has officially shared the photos that will be featured in the virtual exhibition she's been curating over lockdown! Back in May, Kate launched a photo project called "Hold Still" with the National Portrait Gallery that aimed to capture life in the United Kingdom during the coronavirus pandemic, and she showed Queen Elizabeth II the top submissions!
Kate's top 100 photos shared through social media
Duchess Kate's selection was revealed on social media on Monday through a special post from Kensington Palace! "Introducing, the final 100 portraits," the announcement read. "The images present a unique record of our shared and individual experiences during this extraordinary period of history, conveying humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope." The post also directed people to the account's bio, where the link to the virtual gallery can be found.
As Kensington Palace revealed last month, Duchess Kate and a panel of judges officially selected the final entries on August 27. Along with a collage of the 100 photos that are featured in the "Hold Still" exhibition, Kensington Palace also shared a video teaser about the project. "The Hold Still digital exhibition is now live and we are delighted to share with you the final 100 portraits selected from the 31,598 submissions!" the caption read.
Queen Elizabeth II makes statement about photo project
Kate previewed her selections with a special member of the royal family before sharing them with the public— Queen Elizabeth II! As Entertainment Tonight mentions, the queen made a statement about "Hold Still" herself. "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," she shared.
"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," the queen continued, "whether that is through celebrating frontline workers, recognizing community spirit or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need."
Queen Elizabeth II also gave a special mention to everyone who had participated in Kate's photo project on behalf of both royals! "The Duchess of Cambridge and I send our best wishes and congratulations to all those who submitted a portrait to the project," she concluded. Now that the "Hold Still" gallery is live, we look forward to checking out the top 100 photos that made it into this incredible project!