She expressed her gratitude in a special video message released by Kensington Palace.

By Alicia Brunker
Nov 15, 2020 @ 10:43 am
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With her Hold Still photography project coming to a close, Kate Middleton is thanking everyone who submitted a portrait for the digital exhibition capturing people's lives during the coronavirus pandemic. While expressing her gratitude to participants in a heartfelt video message posted to Instagram on Saturday, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a strong-shouldered blazer in an uplifting shade of red — a cheerful choice as the U.K. enters another week in its second nationwide lockdown.

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who submitted an image to Hold Still," said Kate, who paired her bold jacket with a fresh blowout and gold charm necklace. "I launched the project with the National Portrait Gallery back in May because I wanted to find a way to allow everyone to share their stories and experiences of lockdown."

She continued, “We have been thrilled by the response to the project and I couldn’t be more grateful to each and every one of the 31,000 people who submitted an image. It was so hard to select the final 100 photographs, but we hope we have created a collective portrait of our nation, reflecting on what others have experienced as well as our own journeys through this difficult time."

According to Instagram account @katemiddleton1, the blazer is a 2012 rewear from Zara. She originally wore it to the Olympics that year.

The project has proved to be a success, with more than 5.2 million page views of the virtual exhibition on the National Portrait Gallery's website. Meanwhile, the final selections were displayed on billboards and buildings in 80 cities in the U.K — including a mural in Manchester of a frontline nurse, Melanie, who worked to set up a COVID clinic in London.

“It has been fantastic to see these portraits on billboards and outdoor poster sites across the country as part of our community exhibition, and I’m hugely grateful to all our partners for helping us take the images back to the people and communities who took them," Kate added. “For me, the most powerful part of the project is that it has shown just how much people and communities have come together and how important we all are to each other. Thank you so much for being part of Hold Still and for sharing your stories with the nation."