Back in May, Kate Middleton reached out to the British public asking them to submit photos for her new project with the National Portrait Gallery. Today, she’s releasing the final selections along with a sweet message from Queen Elizabeth.
The duchess, who’s known to be quite the shutterbug herself, was able to narrow down more than 31,000 submissions to 100 finalists who captured how different all our lives have looked throughout the pandemic for an online exhibit called, “Hold Still.”
You can hear Kate and Elizabeth take turns narrating a sneak peek of the finalists in the clip below:
As someone who has lived through several times of hardship, including World War II at young age, the queen’s words hold quite a lot of weight as she says, “I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.”
Elizabeth shared another message about the project on Instagram saying, “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, recognizing community spirit, or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need.”
Along with the heart-tugging range of emotions shown in each photo — an earnest mix of those bursting with joy despite the circumstances, while others are filled with bittersweet sadness — we love knowing that the project was also a chance for Elizabeth and her granddaughter-in-law to bond over the submissions.
You can get a closer look of all 100 photographs and learn more about the story behind each one on the National Portrait Gallery’s website. We’re sure it was difficult for Kate to make only 100 final selections, but the ones on display certainly speak volumes about the times we’re all living in.