Catherine makes a statement in red as she launches poignant new project

Oct 21, 2020
Catherine stepped out in London on Tuesday to mark the launch of Hold Still. Source: Getty.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in London on Tuesday to mark the launch of Hold Still, a UK-wide community photo exhibition of images taken during the lockdown.

Catherine, who launched the initiative in May with the help of the National Portrait Gallery and Co-op, visited Waterloo in South London alongside her husband to see some of the portraits up close.

“With the support of @NationalPortraitGallery and @CoopUk, Hold Still portraits will be on display in 112 sites across 80 towns, cities, and boroughs over the coming weeks,” Kensington Palace captioned the post alongside several images from the visit.

For the outing, Catherine chose to wear a long-tailored red coat created by one of her favourite designers Alexander McQueen, matched with classic black heels and a coordinating handbag, while she wore her hair out in soft waves and completed the look with a gold mask. Prince William opted for a smart casual navy blue suit, matched with a sky blue dress shirt.

The couple later travelled to St Bartholomew’s Hospital to meet with frontline workers, three of which were featured in one of the final 100 images. Over 31,500 entries were submitted between May and June, and the 100 finalists were announced back in September.

“After seeing the portraits on display, The Duke and Duchess met with NHS workers at St.Barts, three of which were featured in the final 100 images for their image ‘All in this together’ — an incredibly moving image, showcasing the camaraderie of the NHS community,” Kensington Palace added.

“Launched by The Duchess of Cambridge in May 2020, Hold Still created a unique collective portrait of the UK during lockdown. Over 31,500 entries were submitted between May and June — taken all over the nation by all age groups.”

The duke and duchess have been busy at work lately promoting the royal family’s close friend Sir David Attenborough’s latest documentary that calls for everyone to take more care of the wildlife and consider future generations. Last week, Catherine appeared in a quick promotional video for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for 2020 in a stunning black power suit that exuded confidence and grace.

“It is so good to be back at the reopened Natural History Museum where we can all enjoy its treasures once again,” she said at the time. “I’m here because tomorrow night I’m announcing the 56th Wildlife Photographer of the Year. I’ve been lucky enough to have a quick preview and I can say it’s truly spectacular. I can’t wait for you all to see it.”

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