The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed how her children are sometimes reluctant to be snatched by their mother during a phone call with a finalist in her Hold Still photography competition.
Kate, 39, an avid amateur photographer, admitted her young Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, will pray, ‘Mummy, stop taking pictures.’
The king’s comments were made to Ceri, whose daughter Poppy Edwards from Newport, South Wales, appears in a ‘touching’ portrait, which is among 100 photographs chosen for Kate’s Hold Still project.
The name ‘Be Safe Daddy’ shows the black-and-white image that Poppy gives his father Mark a cuddle before leaving to work as a paramedic during the coronavirus crisis.
Kate launched the Hold Still initiative during the lockdown and asked the public to submit their images that captured the period to a digital exhibition in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.
The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) has revealed how her children are sometimes reluctant to be snatched by their mother during a phone call with a finalist in her Hold Still photography competition
Kate, 39, an avid amateur photographer, admitted her young Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis (pictured with Prince William), three, will pray: ‘Mummy, stop taking pictures.’
The phone call between Kate, Poppy and Ceri was posted on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge YouTube channel today.
Mothers Kate and Ceri were connected over their shared love of photography.
When the Duchess asked if Poppy’s parent was a photographer, Ceri said: ‘No. Mark would say something else just because I take a lot of pictures of the family. ‘
Mother of three Kate chuckled and replied, ‘It’s like me. Everyone is like, “Mom, stop taking pictures.” ‘
Ceri replied, ‘I know, but I love it. I love looking back. I think when you have kids, time really seems to run at chain speed and that’s just a nice thing for me. You look back and see how much the kids have grown. ‘
The king’s (pictured) comments were made to Ceri, whose daughter Poppy Edwards from Newport, South Wales, appears in a ‘touching’ portrait, which is among 100 photographs chosen for Kate’s Hold Still project
The Duchess is often behind birthday portraits of her three children and other special family moments.
Later in the call, Kate said that Ceris ‘image really stands out for her as it shows’ strength, courage and resilience ‘as well as the family’ ‘tenderness and importance’
‘It’s such a sensitive and tender moment between a father and a daughter,’ Kate said on the phone. ‘These simple moments have impacted so many and really resonated with so many across the country, so thank you for sharing your photography and your story.’
Named ‘Be Safe Dad’, the black-and-white picture (pictured) shows that Poppy gives his father Mark a cuddle before leaving to work as a paramedic during the coronavirus crisis
Poppy (pictured) revealed to the Duchess that she was ‘so scared’ that her father Mark, who works as a paramedic, would catch Covid-19 at work
She said the image also recognized the importance of frontline workers and the different generations dealing with the crisis.
During the five-minute call recorded in the fall of 2020, Kate praised Poppy for being brave and asked her about her favorite things to learn in school.
Her mother revealed that Poppy was struggling with her father going to work as a paramedic throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and she worried about him every time he went to go to work.
Speaking on the phone, Kate said: ‘I loved watching your big cuddle for your dad. Hugs are very, very important.
‘I bet your dad took it with him and it helped him all the way through his work day.’
Poppy replied, ‘Thank you. I was so scared he would get Corona. ‘
The video of the recorded call featured a snap of a casual Kate talking on the phone (left), wearing a Whistles blouse, as well as a snap of Poppy and her mother Ceri (right)
Kate added: ‘It must have been a real concern for you … It must have been so hard for you, Poppy, but I bet you were very brave.’
A photograph of a casual Kate talking on the phone, wearing a Whistles blouse and black pants and a snap of Poppy and her mother Ceri appeared while a recording of their call plays in the background.
The Hold Still project encouraged the public to document life through photographs during the pandemic. It has since been transformed into an exhibition and a book.
After being homeschooled during the pandemic, Poppy is back in school, where she continues to ‘love learning’.
Her father Mark worked throughout the lockdown as a paramedic for the West Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust at his station in Hereford.