The Duchess Wears Self-Portrait for ‘Hold Still’ Reception

The Duchess wore Self-Portrait for a palace reception in honor of those who worked on the Hold Still project. 

Photos of the event were posted on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram page this afternoon.

Most readers will remember Hold Still, a 2020 endeavor spearheaded by the Duchess in tandem with the National Portrait Gallery; the Duchess is the gallery’s royal patron.  For Hold Still, the public was asked to submit photos taken during the UK’s first lockdown in 2020. More than 31,000 images were submitted, and 100 were selected to be part of a digital exhibition. Those same 100 images were also featured in a book, Hold Still: A Portrait Of Our Nation in 2020.

The book includes a foreword by the Duchess.

The National Portrait Gallery offers the book (£24.95/$34.09); it is also available at Amazon ($35.86).  

In this photo, you can see the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Cullinan, on the far right.

The Instagram post included a ‘thank you’ message from the Duchess.  

Thank you to the brilliant partners who made Hold Still a reality! 📸

It took a long time to bring everyone behind this incredible project together in person but tonight we finally managed it. The idea for #HoldStill2020 came right at the start of the pandemic, and aimed to bring people and communities together, using the amazing power of photography.

It was made possible by so many partners – @nationalportraitgallery@coopuk@bookfairies_uk – to name just a few, and what’s more remarkable is how it was all orchestrated from kitchen tables and spare bedrooms!

The most special thanks must go to the thousands of people across the country who took time to share their experiences of lockdown. Without them, the project really would not have been possible.

I don’t know when the reception was held – if it was last night or today, or earlier in the week.   

Now for a look at what Kate wore for the event, with thanks to Emily for another fab ID.  The Duchess was in the Cream Tailored Boucle and Chiffon Midi Dress ($570) by British retailer Self-Portrait. 

The dress is made of polyester fabric and described as a midi wrap style with “a long-sleeved bodice that is fitted at the waist and falls to a pleated midi skirt.” It features several textures, including the nubby boucle, chiffon, and lace.  The garment has peak lapels, flap pockets, a self-belt, and it is lined. Below, a closer look at the details.

The design is also available in black (without the boucle fabric) and a sleeveless style.

My guess is that the Duchess wore this brand because the project was all about portraits.

I am not able to identify the earrings or necklace worn for the reception.

If there is more information or more photos become available I will update the post. 

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