Her Majesty the Queen has shown her support for the Duchess of Cambridge's special lockdown project.
- The 94-year-old Monarch congratulated all participants that entered The Duchess of Cambridge's Hold Still photography competition
- The Queen said she was "inspired" by the "resilience" of the British people during lockdown due to covid-19
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The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge share a close relationship, and that was particularly evident during Duchess Catherine's latest project.
Catherine, 38, launched the Hold Still competition in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery during lockdown and now the Queen has lent her support.
The 94-year-old Monarch thanked the 31,598 people who submitted entries to the competition and revealed she and Catherine had the pleasure of going through some of the portraits during their time together at Balmoral Castle in August.
She said, "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.
"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, whether that is through celebrating frontline workers, recognising community spirit or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need.
"The Duchess of Cambridge and I send our best wishes and congratulations to all those who submitted a portrait to the project."
The digital exhibition went live on Monday, with 100 images that capture a "snapshot of life during lockdown".
Speaking about the success of the project, Catherine said, "I felt really strongly that I wanted to try and create a portrait of the nation, that captures the fears and the hopes and the feelings of the nation at this really extraordinary time. As a record, I suppose, for the years to come.
"The thing that I think has struck me going through all of these images is how difficult and diverse everyone's experience of Covid 19 has been.
"No one story is the same, everyone's is unique. It's like a huge rollercoaster of emotions, but I suppose that's what everyone has experienced. It's a reflection of what everyone's been through at this time."
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