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‘Please take a moment’: Kate Middleton shares encouraging video message for Hold Still photography project

The Duchess of Cambridge has shared an encouraging new video message, for a hobby close to her heart.

As a keen photographer, Kate Middleton is putting together a community photography project called Hold Still - in an effort to "build a lasting illustration of just how our country pulled together during the pandemic".

Now, the 38-year-old is putting out one last call to action for those wanting to take part before entries close next week, on June 18.

"There have been so many amazing entries to Hold Still over the last few weeks," the Duchess said in the short clip.

"From families up and down the country showing how they are adapting to life during lockdown, through to some of the most amazing NHS and social care staff who are putting their lives on the line to save the lives of others.

"But it isn't too late to take part. So please take a moment to capture what life is like for you," the royal pleaded.

Since its launch in early May, the project has received submissions of over 12,000 images.

All entries will be "assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise".

The "ambitious" project — in conjunction with The National Portrait Gallery, which The Duchess is a Patron of — will then shortlist 100 pictures to be featured in "a gallery without walls" or digital exhibition.

Wearing a blue shift dress and her hair pulled back off her face, the Duchess was noticeably in a different spot of the house for this video.

Kate appeared to be perched on a seat alongside a large window with daylight streaming in.

It provides a very different background to the Cambridges' usual videos during lockdown, which have been done with the door of their home office at Anmer Hall behind them.

When launching the landmark project last month, the royal made a rare appearance on morning TV and discussed the realities of photographing young children.

The Duchess famously takes most of the official portraits of her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis for their birthdays and on other special occasions.

Speaking about her recent multi-coloured photoshoot with finger-painting two-year-old Louis, the mum-of-three laughed: "I should have taken a photograph of what I looked like after as well".

"Luckily, that wasn't documented, but I pretty much, I looked like Louis at the end of it."

The Duchess, a self-confessed "amateur" photographer was praised by professionals for how she captured the cheeky toddler during the fun activity.

"One of the fantastic things about photography is you're really capturing that moment," Kate told This Morning co-hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, when asked to give photography tips for those thinking of taking part in Hold Still.

"So it's not stage setting it, it's not setting it up perfectly, it's not clearing your house away so you've got the perfect studio set up but it's really capturing those moments that feel real to you and that capture a moment or an expression or a feeling, I suppose.

"That's the power of photography it can capture a moment and tell a story."

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