Kate Middleton shares phone calls she made with Hold Still participants – fr

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Kate Middleton shares phone calls she made with Hold Still participants – fr


The Duchess of Cambridge updated her new YouTube channel with a video of a phone call to a Hold Still attendee – and told a college student she felt like she knew her ‘so well’ just looking at his photo.

The series, titled “Canceled,” reads recorded phone calls in fall 2020 with Kate Middleton, 39, and the finalists in the National Portrait Gallery’s Hold Still photography exhibition.

The royal, who is an avid amateur photographer, launched the Hold Still initiative during the lockdown and asked the public to submit their images which capture the period of a digital exhibition.

She was then joined by a jury of five judges to select the best photos from over 31,000 submitted for the national contest and said she was “overwhelmed” with the response and that it was “so difficult” to narrow down the photos. images to a top 100.

In the five-minute YouTube video released today, a nifty message pops up onscreen: “His Royal Highness wanted to speak to some of the finalists to find out more about the stories behind their photos. ”

Next, a photo of a casually-looking Kate, wearing a cream blouse and black pants, and a snap of a mother called Niaz Maleknia, from Primrose Hill, London, appears, while a recording of the Duchess appears. plays in the background asking, ‘Hello, is that Niaz?

Another message then explains: “With the exams, diplomas and balls all canceled due to the Covid-19 epidemics, Romy, in a photo taken by her mother Niaz, reminds us of the silent heroes who make up the class of 2020. “

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured), 39, shared a second round of phone calls she made with Hold Still participants on her new YouTube channel

Niaz (pictured) thanked Kate Middleton for choosing her daughter’s photo and said how ‘thrilled’ she was to be part of it

A message appears on the screen explaining: `` With exams, diplomas and balls all canceled due to the Covid-19 epidemics, Romy, in a photo taken by her mother Niaz, reminds us of the silent heroes who make up the class of 2020 ”.  Pictured is Niaz 'Hold Still submission of her daughter, Romy

A message appears on the screen explaining: “With exams, diplomas and balls all canceled due to the Covid-19 epidemics, Romy, in a photo taken by her mother Niaz, reminds us of the silent heroes who make up the class of 2020 ”. Pictured is Niaz ‘Hold Still submission of her daughter, Romy

Kate, who has chosen to wear her black hair loose, can then be heard saying, “I just wanted to say a huge thank you for sending your photo. We thought it was fantastic.

Amateur photographer Niaz replies: “Thank you very much for choosing the photo, I was delighted to participate. And you know, you clearly have an incredible interest in photography. So yeah, it was really, really, it was inspiring and I thought the memories were really good.

When she remarks that her daughter Romy is sitting right next to her, a delighted Kate is enthusiastic: “Hi Romy. I feel like I know you so well just by looking at the photo.

“I think it’s so important for you to know that your mom really pointed out how the young people have been affected by the lockdown and all the disruption you’ve had at work, school and everything. “

The royal then asks Romy how the lockdown has been for her and her friends and if it’s been a “rough patch”.

“It was quite difficult,” replies the student. “I mean, I was in my last year of school so I was supposed to do my A levels, which the photo relates to. The photo was taken on what was supposed to be my last day of a level.

The Duchess (pictured) highlighted how she and Prince William care about mental health and asked how Romy thinks young people are dealing with all the change.

The Duchess (pictured) highlighted how she and Prince William care about mental health and asked how Romy thinks young people are dealing with all the change.

Niaz (pictured), who completed his Masters at LCC, continues to pursue his passion for photography

Niaz (pictured), who completed his Masters at LCC, continues to pursue his passion for photography

We had a virtual graduation which was very strange. It was a little strange. It’s like that. It was OK.

Kate adds: “We thought it was really important and I think the jury too, to tell the story of the young people. Obviously there has been so much disruption, but also making sure and highlighting the support they and you all need.

The Duchess, who points out how much she and Prince William care about mental health, goes on to ask Romy how she thinks young people are dealing with all the change, to which the student says, “To be honest, with mental health, this was not the case. It was awesome.

“A lot of people I know have struggled. But I think it’s weird because I think people have become more open about it because it’s so common now that people struggle with it and it’s natural to struggle with it under these circumstances. . ‘

Kate agrees that everyone has “been through something together” in some way – adding that there is “no shame in talking about it”.

The Duchess continues: “And that’s what we really wanted to do, is break that stigma and try to start conversations about mental health. It’s great to hear that people are much more open about this.

Niaz can also be heard explaining to the royal her inspiration behind her Hold Still photograph – admitting that she entered photography “quite late”.

At the end of the video, it was revealed that Romy (pictured) had been accepted into Stanford University in California with an unconditional offer

At the end of the video, it was revealed that Romy (pictured) had been accepted into Stanford University in California with an unconditional offer

“I just finished my masters at LCC,” she said during the phone conversation. “So I sort of watch and read all the magazines and heard about it, I think, on Instagram.

And I had been around London. And at first it was pretty inspiring, but then it got pretty boring because everything looks the same. And then when that happened, I just thought I really wanted to participate.

She continues, “There were a few different shots of different scenes that might have worked. And I just thought it was a, you know, youngsters, the story of, kind of that twenty-twenty year old class, I just thought it got overlooked.

In response, passionate amateur photographer Kate enthuses: “And compositionally, it’s also a fantastic composition. I need some advice from you, of course.

At the end of the video, it is revealed that Romy was accepted to Stanford University in California with an unconditional offer, while her mother is still pursuing her passion for photography.

The new YouTube channel comes just days after Kate’s new book, Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, which features 100 latest “poignant and personal” portraits selected from 31,000 entrants, topping the best-list. sellers on the first day of its release.

The new book includes an introduction from Kate, in which she explains why the launch of Hold Still was so important to her.

She writes: “When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in the decades to come, we will think about the challenges we have all faced – the loved ones we have lost, the prolonged isolation of our families and friends and the pressure on our key. workers.

But we will also remember the bright spots: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adjusted to a new normal.

The royal fairy of the book!  The mother-of-three launched a royal scavenger hunt for the last time as she joined fellow Hold Still judges to leave copies of her photo book hidden across the UK with a letter inside .

The royal fairy of the book! The mother-of-three launched a royal scavenger hunt for the last time as she joined fellow Hold Still judges to leave copies of her photo book hidden across the UK with a letter inside .

“Through Hold Still, I wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting recording of what we all experience – to capture the stories of individuals and document important moments for families and communities as we live through the pandemic. . “

She continues: “For me, the power of images lies in the poignant and personal stories behind them. I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to some of the photographers and custodians, to hear their stories firsthand – times of joy, love and community spirit, to the deep sadness, the pain, isolation and loss.

“A common theme of these conversations was how Lockdown reminded us of the importance of human connection and the tremendous value we place on the relationships we have with the people around us.

“Although we are physically separated, these images remind us that as families, communities and nation, we need each other more than we ever realized.

She concluded by thanking everyone who took the time to submit an image, adding, “Your stories are the most crucial part of this project.

I hope that the last 100 photographs will present the experiences and emotions of that time in history, pay tribute to the awesome efforts of all who worked to protect those around them and provide us with a space to take a break and reflect. this unprecedented period.

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