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Kate Middleton Launches New UK Photo Project That Will Create Collective Portrait of Lockdown

Olowokandi Fiyin
May 08, 2020
01:00 P.M.
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Kate Middleton has launched a new photography project to find the most compelling portraits that reflect life amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Kate Middleton has unveiled a new photography project.

Kate Middleton visits the Anna Freud Centre on September 17, 2015 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

Kate Middleton visits the Anna Freud Centre on September 17, 2015 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

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According to People, the Duchess of Cambridge, in a statement released on Instagram, asked people to send in pictures that best capture the mood, the spirit, the hopes, and the feelings across the U.K. during the global crisis.

Kate surprised new parents, Rebecca and John, at Kingston hospital, after they welcomed their son, Max, with a congratulatory call.

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The project, which she launched in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, encouraged participants to provide a short written submission to describe the experiences and emotions of those portrayed in their submitted photographs.

Once the acceptance stage is done, the most touching portraits would be selected for an exhibit called, "Hold Still," which is set to be shown in an exhibition in early summer.

The photography project will focus on three core themes: Your New Normal, Helpers and Heroes, and Acts of Kindness. Kate's new project came soon after People reported that Kensington Palace sent out appreciation cards on her behalf.

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As reported by the site, the cards were sent to the people who wished the mother-of-three a happy 38th birthday, back in January.

Inside the envelopes, which were stamped with "Royal Mail," royal fans found a photo card that featured the portrait of Kate, which was released on her big day, as disclosed by Gert's Royals.

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A day after the thank you notes got sent out, Kate surprised new parents, Rebecca and John, at Kingston hospital, after they welcomed their son, Max, with a congratulatory call.

The royal mom had put the call through to the hospital, which is where she did some shadowing work for two days in November.

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When she was told that it was a boy, the 38-year-old said, "He's so sweet. Congratulations!" While speaking to People, the new mother, made it known that having a baby during a lockdown and then meeting the Duchess was "particularly surreal."

The Duchess of Cambridge's call, which originated from her home at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, came ahead of the U.K.'s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, which began on Monday, May 4.

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