Sophie Wessex takes a photo for the Kate Middleton contest

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They quickly become the double royal act, and now the Countess of Wessex has submitted one of her own portraits for Kate Middleton’s “Hold Still” photography project to capture life locked out.

To mark Volunteer Week, Sophie, 55, took a photo of Ali Abbas, 26, one of the volunteers at the Covid-19 food bank at Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking, Surrey.

Ali is helping to get to the food bank that was set up at the start of the epidemic to deliver food parcels to NHS workers, these self-reliant and vulnerable households in the region.

The royal, who took the photo on her phone, named the photo “packed with love,” writing the image: “Ali’s smile captures the enthusiasm for helping others that is so evident in the volunteers of the mosque. “

The Countess of Wessex, 55, took a photo of fellow volunteers working to wrap bags and submitted it for the Kate Middleton Hold Still photography competition

The Countess of Wessex, 55, took a photo of volunteer colleagues working to pack bags and submitted it for the Kate Middleton Hold Still photography competition

Sophie has privately joined teams of volunteers like Ali to support efforts in local communities in recent weeks.

She said she was “pleased to share her contribution in tribute to all the volunteers she has met in recent weeks who have worked incredibly hard to help their local communities.”

Last month, the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, partnered with the National Portrait Gallery to launch the project, which is designed to capture the nation’s “spirit, mood, hopes and fears” at through photography.

There are three themes: helpers and heroes – in which the portrait of the countess was entered; Your new normal; and acts of kindness.

To mark Volunteer Week, Sophie took a photo of Ali Abbas, 26, a member of a group of volunteers at the Covid-19 food bank at Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking, Surrey

During Volunteer Week, Sophie took a photo of Ali Abbas, 26, a member of a volunteer group at the Covid-19 food bank at Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking, Surrey

The Duchess will personally organize 100 photographs for the Hold Still exhibit.

Kate – who led the campaign in her role as patron of the National Portrait Gallery and is herself an avid amateur photographer – aims to capture a snapshot of the United Kingdom at that time, with the help of the nation.

She said last month that she was “struck” by the many “incredible” images we have already seen “, which gave us a glimpse of people’s experiences and stories – some hopelessly sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic “

It appeared last week that during the competition, Kensington Palace’s Instagram account was spotted liking and commenting on several of the photos, the Duchess signing with the letter “C”.

Sophie submitted the photo in the Helpers and Heroes section of the Kate's Hold Still contest (photo, together in 2018)

Sophie submitted the photo in the Helpers and Heroes section of the Kate’s Hold Still contest (photo, set in 2018)

The duchess, passionate amateur photographer, launched the Hold Still campaign last month (photo, during a photo workshop in July 2019)

The duchess, passionate amateur photographer, launched the Hold Still campaign last month (photo, during a photo workshop in July 2019)

People from all over the UK are invited to submit a photographic portrait they took during these extraordinary moments for the community project.

Participants are also encouraged to provide a brief written submission to describe the experiences and emotions of those pictured.

Hold Still is completely free and open to all ages and abilities.

It’s far from the first time that Sophie and Kate have teamed up, the duo repeatedly showing the closeness of their friendship throughout the lockout.

It's not the first time the royal duo have bonded during the lockdown, with the couple calling hospitals in seven different countries last month to mark International Nurses Day

This is not the first time the royal duo have bonded during the lockdown, with the couple calling hospitals in seven different countries last month to mark International Nurses Day

Earlier this week, it appeared that the duo, along with the Duchess of Cornwall, had made telephone calls to elderly, self-isolated or vulnerable individuals to record them during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to People, the trio participated in the NHS Volunteer Responders program, coordinated by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), and saw participants register and chat with people.

And last month, the Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie met to speak to nurses from seven Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, the Bahamas, Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

Earlier this year, the Countess of Wessex celebrated her 55th birthday with Kate as she and Prince William hosted the UK-Africa investment summit at Buckingham Palace

Earlier this year, the Countess of Wessex celebrated her 55th birthday with Kate as she and Prince William hosted the UK-Africa investment summit at Buckingham Palace

While speaking with nurses in Cyprus and hearing one of their ex-partners was a school teacher, Sophie joked that she would be “recruited” for Kate’s home school efforts, while the Duchess added: “I would like her to come and help me with school at home. ‘

They spoke to nurses via video call, discussions being facilitated by Nursing Now, a global campaign to improve health by improving the status and profile of nursing, of which the Duchess is the president.

And earlier this year, the Countess of Wessex celebrated her 55th birthday with Kate as she and Prince William hosted the UK-Africa investment summit at Buckingham Palace.

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