Duchess of Cambridge releases book of photographs illustrating the pandemic

A book of 100 photographs illustrating the past year of the pandemic will serve as a “lasting record of what we were all experiencing”, the Duchess of Cambridge has said.

Launched by Kate and the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still: A Portrait Of Our Nation In 2020, features images of key workers and people isolated from family and friends, as well as moments of joy.

The duchess says “the power of the images is in the poignant and personal stories that sit behind them”.

The Hold Still initiative invited people of all ages from across the UK to submit a portrait they had taken during the first lockdown.

From more than 31,000 images submitted, 100 portraits were chosen for the final book, including the ones below.


Frank’s Fight

Sadly some people have not just had the pandemic to fight through. Frank has had to battle through Leukaemia for the past couple of years. Through lockdown he has continued his treatment at home.

Joanna PPE

Pictures of doctors and nurses wearing PPE exploded social media this past year. It has been a constant reminder that key frontline workers have worked extremely long hours putting their lives on the line to save lives.

Over the Rainbow

Rainbows became a poignant part of lockdown life and signified a sense of unity amongst people nationwide. The bright colours stuck in windows were meant to offer a message of hope to the public during the coronavirus lockdown, with many offering a gesture of thanks to our NHS.

A full view of the 100 images can be seen on the link below:

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