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Kate Middleton launches coronavirus photo portrait project in Britain

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Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is launching a coronavirus photo project with the U.K.’s National Portrait Gallery to capture how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting British residents, she announced Thursday.

The former Kate Middleton announced the “Hold Still” project and invited Britons to submit pictures that capture “the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings” of the country during the crisis. 

The wife of Prince William encouraged U.K. residents to enter their pics between Thursday and June 18 on the gallery’s website.

The photos will be judged on their emotion and experience instead of their photographic quality or technical expertise. 

A shortlist of 100 will be shown on a “gallery without wall” online digital display, and a selection is planned to be shown throughout the U.K. later this year, USA Today reported this week.

The duchess, an amateur photographer herself and a royal patron of the National Portrait Gallery, announced the project Thursday on the U.K. show “This Morning.”

“We’ve all seen some incredible images out there and heard some amazing stories and some desperately sad stories, but also really uplifting ones as well,” Kate said. “I really hope through a project like this, we might be able to showcase some of those stories and to document and share a moment in time, I suppose, that we’re all experiencing.” 

The gallery will feature three themes: Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness. 

“‘Hold Still’ aims to create a unique photographic portrait of the people of our nation as we hold still for the good of others and celebrate those who have continued so we can stay safe,” the royal family said in a statement obtained by USA Today. 

Director of the National Portrait Gallery Nicholas Cullinan said the museum was honored to collaborate on the effort.

“Even if we are alone, we can all create something together,” he said in a statement given to USA Today. “[The project] will provide an inclusive perspective on, and an important historical record of, these unprecedented times, expressed through the faces of the nation.”

Prince William, Kate and their three kids are currently quarantined at their Norfolk home.

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