Duchess Kate shares moving images from her 'Hold Still' photography project related to the coronavirus pandemic

By Heather Cichowski

Duchess Kate launched her Hold Still photography project in connection with her patronage, the National Portrait Gallery, to encourage people from across the United Kingdom to submit pictures they've taken during the coronavirus pandemic. With one week left for U.K. residents to submit their photos, the mom of three has taken to Instagram to share some of the moving submissions she has received thus far.

On June 11, a video was posted to the Kensington Royal Instagram. In it, Kate eloquently talked through a handful submissions.

"I just want to say a huge thank you to everybody who has taken part and contributed to Hold Still," she began.

"I've seen some amazing images and I just wanted to share some of those images with you today."

These included a photo of a family with a young girl in a blue dress singing Elsa's "Let It Go" from Frozen. The duchess thought that many families could relate to the shot.

Another tender image entitled "Distanced Gaming" featured a six-year-old girl and her grandmother playing noughts and crosses, or X's and O's, on a window while maintaining their social distance.

The third image highlighted how communities are coming together and playing instruments outside as a group while distancing, possibly in support of carers.

"It's a shame there's no audio to go with this one," Kate revealed, chuckling.

The final image was called "The Man Behind the Mask" and captured a portrait of a frontline worker wearing a protective mask and gear as he battled COVID-19.

The Cambridge family made a very special appearance on BBC One's The Big Night In special on April 23 to show their appreciation for health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: © Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images

Unlike previous videos of the Cambridges, this one appears to be shot in a different location. The duchess is positioned in front of a sunny window and trees are visible in the background. Kate, Prince William and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are isolating during the coronavirus at their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

MORE: The Countess of Wessex contributed to Duchess Kate's 'Hold Still' photography project

Royals fans also noticed Kate's sophisticated blue dress. She has worn the colour a number of times during her appearances as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. In this case, she donned a chic short-sleeved sheath dress believed to be a Stella McCartney pick that was recycled from her wardrobe.

The keen photographer wore her brunette locks in an elegant half updo. She accessorized with a pair of hoop earrings.

Duchess Kate with then-Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, during a visit to see the "Road to 2012: Aiming High" exhibition on July 19, 2012 in London. Photo: © Sang Tan - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Appropriately, the mom of three previously wore the dress on a visit to the National Portrait Gallery to take in the "Road to 2012: Aiming High" exhibition in July 2012. The series tied in the 2012 Olympic Games, which were hosted in London.

Additionally, the duchess has been photographed in the dress at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in July 2016, which she attended with Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge.

The duchess has been sharing photo submissions over the last few weeks on the Kensington Palace Instagram. Recently, it was revealed that Countess of Wessex had submitted a photo in honour of Volunteers Week!

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Packed with love . As part of #VolunteersWeek, The Countess of Wessex has contributed to The Duchess of Cambridge’s #HoldStill2020 photography project. @kensingtonroyal . “Ali helped to establish the Mosque’s food parcel delivery service for NHS workers, people self-isolating and other families in need, which has so far helped 400 households. . “Ali’s smile captures the enthusiasm for helping others that is so evident amongst the volunteers at the Mosque.” . ▶️盧 The Countess took this picture on her phone whilst volunteering with Ali and others at the @shahjahanmosque in Woking. . Launched in collaboration with the @NationalPortraitGallery to capture a snapshot of the people of the UK at this time, Hold Still aims to reflect the spirit of the nation during the Coronavirus outbreak. . The Duchess of Cambridge and the National Portrait Gallery are inviting you to submit your own photographic portrait through @kensingtonroyal’s link in bio. #HoldStill2020

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On June 4, the Royal Family shared images on Instagram of Sophie at Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking. She and husband Prince Edward privately visited the mosque in May ahead of Eid and heard about some of the initiatives they were running during COVID-19, including a food bank.

Sophie used her Hold Still photography project submission to highlight a volunteer named Ali, who helped implement Shah Jahan Mosque's food delivery for NHS workers and other families in need.

One hundred entries from Hold Still will be included in a digital exhibition that will be held later this year and will hopefully be shown across the United Kingdom later this year, once the pandemic hopefully ends.

If you're in the U.K. and would like to enter, go to npg.org.uk. Photos can be submitted until June 18.

As of this writing, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports there have been more than 7.4 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed in 188 countries and regions. The United Kingdom has over 292,000 of those cases. The illness has killed more than 417,000 people worldwide, but more than 3.4 million people have recovered from it so far.

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