Kate Middleton shares unseen photograph as she reflects on covid-19 pandemic


LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. The new Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, known as 'DMRC Stanford Hall', is operated by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and began admitting patients in October 2018. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton has released a new photograph
(Image credit: Max Mumby/Indigo /Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge has released a new photograph of herself holding a camera as she reflects on the power of documenting the pandemic. 

Kate Middleton has released a new photograph of her holding a camera and says she wants to remember the positive parts of the covid-19 pandemic.

While the past year has no doubt been testing for all of us - especially those who have lost loved ones and worked on the front line - the Duchess said there are parts she wishes to remember.

Alongside a stunning new photograph of the Duchess, she wrote, "When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers. 

"But we will also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adapted to a new normal."

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Kate's words come nearly a year after she launched Hold Still - a photography competition created to appeal to budding photographers to record and document everyone's experience of the global pandemic.

"Through Hold Still, I wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of what we were all experiencing – to capture individuals’ stories and document significant moments for families and communities as we lived through the pandemic," she added.

Just hours before releasing the stunning photograph, Kate revealed she'd received her early prototype of the Hold Still book, courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.

Alongside a video of the mum-of-three unboxing the precious book, she said, "This new book will bring together the final 100 Hold Still portraits that provided a unique record of our shared and individual experiences of the first UK lockdown."

Weeks after Meghan Markle's shock admission that she'd considered suicide in her darkest days, the Duchess of Cambridge said some of the money will be donated to several mental health charities. 

"Funds raised from the sale of the book will be split between leading mental health charity, Mind, and the National Portrait Gallery.

"The book will be available in UK bookshops and online from Friday 7th May (or pre-order now via the link in bio)."

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