Kate Middleton says pandemic has shown 'how important we all are to each other'

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  • Kate Middleton has thanked all those who participated in her Hold Still photo project, which featured portraits of life in lockdown amid the pandemic.
  • "For me, the most powerful part of the project, is that it's shown just how much people and their communities have come together, and how important we all are to each other," Kate said of Hold Still.
  • She recently also made a special video call to thank Johannah Churchill who took a particularly poignant photo, which has since been turned into a mural.

Kate Middleton's Hold Still photo project has come to an end.

The Duchess of Cambridge sent one last thank you to all those who participated, a month after unveiling the portraits showing life in lockdown on the streets across the UK.

"For me, the most powerful part of the project, is that it's shown just how much people and their communities have come together, and how important we all are to each other," Kate says in a video message shared on Instagram.

"Thank you so much for being part of Hold Still, and sharing your stories with the nation," she adds, in a video featuring the portraits – with one poignant image of a nurse, Melanie Senior, which was taken by her fellow healthcare worker, Johannah Churchill.

According to ITV, during a video call, Kate told Johannah: "I think it's become such an iconic portrait that represents a lot of what frontline workers have experienced and what those of you across the UK have put your lives on the line in looking after us all this year.

"I think it certainly touched us in terms of the judging panel, we felt it was a hugely moving image, and I think it has, like you say, it has really resonated with lots of the public too, so well done."

The portrait has since been turned into a mural in Manchester. 

Hold Still, Kate Middleton
The photograph taken by Johannah Churchill of her fellow NHS worker, Melanie Senior has been turned into a mural in north Manchester.

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