Kate Middleton Pays Tribute to Hospital Workers With Her Dress During Photo Competition

Kate Middleton took to video conferencing app Zoom again today. The Duchess of Cambridge was promoting a photography competition with London’s National Portrait Gallery, of which she is a patron.

The initiative, called Hold Still, celebrates all the United Kingdom’s key workers who have put their lives on the line to keep everyone else safe alongside those who are living challenging lives in confinement amid public health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Powerful images submitted to date include those of exhausted nurses catching moments of rest in the blue work attire worn by employees of the National Health Service alongside moving shots of the elderly and people working from home.

For the video message in which she both thanked those who had already taken part and encouraged others to do so, the Duchess of Cambridge wore Stella McCartney’s Ridley dress. The blue color choice, matching the blue of the nurses’ smocks, marked a subtle tribute to their efforts.

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Just like the yellow Roksanda frock she wore for her last Zoom outing, Middleton has worn the sold-out $866 dress on previous occasions.

During the Zoom message posted on the Kensington Royal Instagram account, the Duchess observed that she has seen “so many amazing entries” to the competition. “From families up and down the country showing how they are adapting to life during the 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.”

She stressed that it still isn’t too late to take part and enjoined people to “please take a moment to capture what life is like for you, because together I hope that we can build a lasting illustration of just how our country pulled together during the pandemic.”

“‘I can’t wait to share the final 100 images with you,” said the Duchess who will personally curate 100 of the entries for the final exhibition. The deadline is June 18.

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