Kate Middleton Looks Happy as She Interacts with Holocaust Survivors in Behind-The-Scenes Pics

Kate Middleton looked cheerful and comfortable behind the scenes as she got to work during a photo session she lead with holocaust survivors and their families. 

To mark the Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday, Kate Middleton shared her love for photography by taking photos for an exhibition for Holocaust survivors. 

Her subjects were portraits of Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank and their grandchildren. They will be part of 75 images that will be used at the exhibition to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust. 

In the first picture, Kate and Yvonne share a laugh as they looked at each with a laptop displayed in front of them, possibly with the images they have just taken.

Showing just how comfortable they got during their photoshoot, there also appeared to be a teacup and other refreshments laid on the table.

Kate was also pictured chatting with Steven and his two granddaughters, Maggie Fleet and Trixie Fleet. From her body language during her conversations, the Duchess look engaged and entertained.

In a statement Kate admitted that the atrocities of the Holocaust would remain in many people's hearts. However, she was inspired by how the survivors have managed to "flourish" despite their unimaginable pasts.

Prince William and Kate Middleton look sober as they attend the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony in Westminster, on January 27, 2020, in London, England | Source: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton look sober as they attend the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony in Westminster, on January 27, 2020, in London, England | Source: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Kate did more than just point a camera lens at her subjects. She took the time to get to know Yvonne and Steven. In the pictures, they all appeared to be laughing and at ease as they got to know each other. Reflecting on the experience, Kate said:

"They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were some of the lucky few to make it through. Their stories will stay with me forever."

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Today is #HolocaustMemorialDay, which takes place each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and honours survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Earlier this month, The Duchess of Cambridge met two Holocaust survivors, Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein, as she took photographs for a project by @holocaustmemorialdaytrust, Jewish News and @royalphotographicsociety to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust. The Duchess’s photographs will be included in an exhibition of 75 images of survivors and their family members, which will open later this year. “The harrowing atrocities of the Holocaust, which were caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever lay heavy in our hearts. Yet it is so often through the most unimaginable adversity that the most remarkable people flourish. Despite unbelievable trauma at the start of their lives, Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank are two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet. They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were some of the lucky few to make it through. Their stories will stay with me forever.” – The Duchess of Cambridge Photographs © Kensington Palace

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Kate met up with Yvonne again when she and Prince William attended a commemorative service at Central Hall in Westminster. 

While sharing a light conversation, the two women appeared just as comfortable with each other during the photoshoot as they did meeting again.

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Today on #HolocaustMemorialDay, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met a number of Holocaust survivors, and survivors of subsequent genocides as part of the UK’s @holocaustmemorialdaytrust Commemorative Ceremony. ⁣ ⁣ The Duke spoke at the Ceremony, where he honoured those who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save others. ⁣ ⁣ HRH spoke about his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, who hid a Jewish family in her home in Athens until the end of the war. ⁣ ⁣ During the Service, 75 candles of Remembrance were lit to represent the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. ⁣ ⁣ Visit our story to hear from The Holocaust Memorial Trust’s Patron, The Prince of Wales, who wrote the foreword for the event’s programme. ⁣ ⁣ Images © Press Association

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At the event, William added a personal touch to his speech when he read an extract from a letter written from a friend of his great-grandmother Princess Alice.

The letter revealed all her good deeds, and William shared his pride over how Alice helped save a Jewish family from the Holocaust.

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