The Duchess of Cambridge has always been perceived as a warm and kind figure. And this notion was reinforced when she shocked one entrant of her Hold Still photography project by giving them a call out of the blue. And during the call, the Duchess of Cambridge opened up on one of Prince George’s favourite topics at school.
Ceri Edwards’ photograph entitled “Be Safe Daddy X” was chosen as a finalist in 100 images for the National Portrait Gallery’s digital exhibition, unveiled earlier this month.
The moving photograph shows Ms Edwards’ daughter Poppy hugging her father, a paramedic, before he left for a night shift during the pandemic.
Ms Edwards, who is from Newport, South Wales, told Hello!: “The Duchess wad absolutely wonderful.
“She asked Poppy about her favourite topic at school and put her at ease.
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“She asked Poppy how she felt when her Daddy had to go to work during the pandemic and Poppy said she was very scared and worried about him, but very proud too.
“They talked about how important cuddles are and how they both love to give them.
“The Duchess also spoke to my husband (Poppy’s father) about how things were for him as a paramedic during the height of the pandemic.”
Back in May, the Duchess of Cambridge invited people to submit a photo they had taken during the lockdown.
In a video call, the Duchess of Cambridge said she had been “overwhelmed” by the response to Hold Still.
She said: “I’ve been so overwhelmed by the public’s response to Hold Still, the quality of the images have been extraordinary, and the poignancy and the stories behind the images have been equally as moving as well.”
Judges on the panel included England’s chief nursing officer Ruth May, director of the National Portrait Gallery Nicholas Cullinan, writer and poet Lemn Sissay and photographer Maryam Wahid.
Mr Cullinan said: “We hope that through this project we really will capture a portrait of our nation, reflecting our collective and individual experiences during these unprecedented times.”