British Royal Family

Duchess Catherine appears in a new video from inside her country home as she shares a final call for her photo project

There's one week to go...

By Jess Pullar
Duchess Catherine has made a plea to anyone planning to enter her photography project, Hold Still, in a brand new video from her country home.
The unexpected footage was released on Thursday morning and it appears the video was filmed in a room within the Duke and Duchess's grand residence Anmer Hall, Norfolk.
And after watching the footage, it's shown the Duchess in a brand new light - quite literally.
The video has been released to mark the final week of Kate's photography project, which is in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.
Hold Still invites people across the UK to share their images from lockdown in order to capture the unique moment in time.
Select images will be nominated by the Duchess herself to appear in a virtual exhibition hosted by the iconic British gallery.
Kate Middleton has released a new video in support of her photography project with the National Portrait Gallery. (Kensington Palace)
In the new video, Kate is seen wearing a sky blue outfit, with her hair in an elegant half-up-half-down 'do.
Always looking the part, she stands next to a bright window and curtain - which quite literally shines a light on her, and emphasises the words she says.
"There have been so many amazing entries to Hold Still over the last few weeks. From families up and down the country showing how they are adapting to life during lockdown, through to some of the most amazing NHS and social care staff who are putting their lives on the line to save the lives of others."
She continues: "But it isn't too late to take part. So please take a moment to capture what life is like for you, because together I hope that we can build a lasting illustration of just how our country pulled together during the pandemic."
The Duchess shares a plea with those wishing to take part in the project to do so in the next week. (Kensington Palace)
The Duchess has clearly enjoyed getting involved in the special project.
As entries have flooded Instagram, the royal mum has even commented on photos herself - a surprising, rare move.
In one image showing a subject tending to their garden, the Duchess appeared to write a very personal note (by royal standards, at least), saying: "Thank you so much for taking part in the Hold Still project. I get so much joy from being outside and gardening too. C."
In another of a health care worker she wrote: "Thank you so much for sharing your story and for all the amazing work you continue to do at this difficult time. C."
Additionally, in the comments section of an entry showing a small child with a flower, she wrote: "A perfect example of Hold Still… the chance to re-engage and value the simple things around us. C."
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A budding photographer herself, we're bound to see some more snaps from Kate from her time in lockdown as the competition comes to a close.
Earlier this week, she released a beautiful shot captured of Prince William and their two elder children sharing an umbrella as they volunteered in their local community in April.
The beautiful shot struck a chord with fans, and showed a side to the royals we rarely get to see.
Now, with her photography competition about to come to a close, we're bound to see plenty more special moments not just from the royals, but from all of the entries. Stay tuned!
The Duchess shared this gorgeous image taken during lockdown in April. (The Duchess of Cambridge)

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