A refresher on the project from the Hold Still microsite at the National Portrait Gallery:
We invited people of all ages to submit a photographic portrait, taken in a six-week period during May and June, focussed on three core themes…Over 31,000 submissions were received from across the country… From these, a panel of judges selected 100 portraits, assessing the images on the emotions and experiences they conveyed.
….the final 100 present a unique and highly personal record of this extraordinary period in our history. From virtual birthday parties, handmade rainbows and community clapping to brave NHS staff, resilient keyworkers and people dealing with illness, isolation and loss. The images convey humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope expressing and exploring both our shared and individual experiences.
As of Friday, the Hold Still digital exhibition has had more than 5.2 million page views. There was also a community exhibition showing the 100 images in 80 cities and towns across the UK. You may remember the Duke and Duchess’s October visit to south London to see some of the images displayed in the community. Below, a billboard featuring an image titled The Look of Lockdown.
In the new video, the Duchess marks the end of that community exhibition by thanking everyone who submitted an image to the project. From Kate’s remarks in the video:
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who submitted an image to Hold Still. I launched the project with the National Portrait Gallery back in May because I wanted to find a way to allow everyone to share their stories and experiences of lockdown.
We have been thrilled by the response to the project and I couldnt be more grateful to each and every one of the 31,000 people who submitted an image. It was so hard to select the final 100 photographs but we hope we have created a collective portrait of our nation, reflecting on what others have experienced as well as our own journeys through this difficult time.
Here is the video in a tweet posted by Joe Little of Majesty Magazine.
The Duchess of Cambridge marks the end of the UK-wide #HoldStill community exhibition with a video message thanking everybody who submitted a portrait to the project. Kensington Palace https://t.co/w5zOYJmq07 #royal #DuchessofCambridge pic.twitter.com/Rx2ANGpccd
Majesty/Joe Little (@MajestyMagazine) November 15, 2020
During the October visit to south London, the couple also saw a photo called Melanie, March 2020. Johanna Churchill, a nurse, took the photo.
The image shows one of Ms. Churchills colleagues as she was working to set up a COVID clinic in London. The portrait was recreated on the side of a building in Manchester.
This week the Duchess spoke with Johanna Churchill (r) as well as Dr. Edward Cole (center); the doctor was also involved in getting that clinic up and running.
More about the call via Kensington Palace:
During the call, they discussed the important role the photograph has played in helping to represent the experiences of frontline workers across the nation as they continue to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. Johannah also told The Duchess how the image has led her to receive messages from medical staff from across the UK, and around the world, and has allowed them to share their own experiences of working during these extraordinary times.
This is a tweet posted by Ms. Churchill in late October.
Thank you so much for this exhibit #HoldStill2020 its moved me to my core. Im so glad to see how Manchester have embraced her at such a tough time. Thank you to those who have taken the time to message me. #Manchesterlockdown #Manchester #COVID19 https://t.co/sFWKSbxxem
Johannah Churchill (@JohannahChurchi) October 23, 2020
Now for our look at what Kate wore for the new video.
It appears she brought back a piece by Zara first noted in August 2012.
The blazer was worn for Olympic events on August 3rd, including a thank you to Team GB House volunteers.
And women’s swimming at the Aquatic Centre.
The ‘Blazer with Gathered Shoulders’ was done in a viscose/poly blend with a touch of Elastane for stretch and ease of movement. It featured angled flap pockets, peak lapels, a single gold button front closure, four gold buttons at the cuffs, and the gathered shoulders referenced in the product name.
The Duchess appeared to have on an ivory or eggshell knit top beneath the jacket.
Initially, I thought Kate was wearing her All the Falling Stars Personalized Gold Three-Layered Disc Necklace ($127.65) with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis’ initials on the three circles. But the charms on the necklace seen in the new video look like they are spaced further apart, and they look just a bit smaller to me. Below, the Duchess in the new video and wearing the All the Falling Stars necklace at the University of Derby event in early October.
What do you think? Does it look like a different necklace altogether?
I have not yet had time to look for the blue cardigan seen in the three-shot from the call with Johanna Churchill and Dr. Cole but will update when I have more information.