PUBLISHED: 18:21, Mon, Sep 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:21, Mon, Sep 14, 2020
The Duchess of Cambridge’s new initiative, ‘Hold Still, 2020’, celebrated life in Britain during this year's unprecedented lockdown through unique portraits of the nation taken by the public. The project built upon the royal’s own passion for taking photographs. Kate’s budding photography skills have delighted royal fans since she first started to release up close and personal images of her immediate family.
Most recently, she posted photographs on her shared Instagram account with Prince William, @kensingtonroyal, to celebrate Prince George’s seventh birthday and an astonishingly intimate image of Prince Charles and William embracing for Father’s Day.
These sneak peeks into life behind Palace walls are fleeting, but show the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have learnt to adapt to life in the public eye.
Royal commentator Camilla Tominey also claimed it had a much greater effect on royal life than the public might realise.
She wrote: “What is even more remarkable than Kate's flourishing artistry is the effect it has had on royal photography in general.
Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and Princess Diana (Image: Getty)
Kate with her family in Norfolk during lockdown (Image: Getty)
“Releasing such intimate family photos so regularly to the press has killed, stone dead, the market for paparazzi shots.”
Both William and Kate struggled early on in their relationship to maintain a sense of privacy.
William even issued a stern warning to paparazzi who gathered outside Kate’s house on her 25th birthday, while the couple have also been very keen to maintain privacy with their three children.
Ms Tominey continued: “Diana, the late Princess of Wales, could only have dreamed of such a scenario.
“And when you consider how fiercely protective William is of his family's privacy, you soon realise this is no accident.
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Prince Charles and Prince William in a photograph released by Kate Middleton (Image: Instagram/ @kensingtonroyal)
“Conscious that the public would demand to see ‘at home’ imagery of George – and later