THE Queen says she is "inspired" by Kate Middleton's photo project which documents the ups and downs of life under Covid-19 lockdown.
Incredible images released today include a postman doing his round in fancy dress, a five-year old girl with a cardboard cut out of her granny for company and VE celebrations during lockdown.
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The Duchess of Cambridge, herself a keen amatuer photographer, whittled down the finalists from more than 31,000 entries.
And The Queen released a message to mark the unveiling of the 100 Hold Still photos collected as a permanent exhibition of life in lockdown.
They can be viewed on a National Portrait Gallery online exhibition and are expected to go on tour later this year.
The Queen wrote: "It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to look through a number of the portraits that made the final 100 images for the Hold Still photography project.
"The Duchess of Cambridge and I were inspired to see how the photographs have captured the resilience of the British people at such a challenging time, whether that is through celebrating frontline workers, recognising community spirit or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need.
"The Duchess of Cambridge and I send our best wishes and congratulations to all those who submitted a portrait to the project."
One hilarious image shared by Kate was taken by Arnhel de Serra called 'Everyday hero – Richard'.
It shows a postman raising a smile doing his round in London wearing an inflatable bird outfit.
Snapper Arnhel wrote: "I felt that here was a man who had something deeply personal and positive to offer his community."
Mum Katy Rudd and son Wilf were pictured sharing a hug while celebrating VE Day in their sunny garden in Redhill, Surrey.
The citation reads: "Lockdown had been hard, but it had brought our community together and it had given us time together and it had given us time together as a family. We were feeling grateful for that."
Five-year-old Millie, of Teddington, London is the star of 'Never without her grandma' entry which also made the final list.
The youngster made a cut out of her 73-year-old grandmother after lockdown stopped them from seeing each other every day.
'EVERYDAY ACTS OF KINDNESS'
Mum Melanie Lowis, wrote: "The bond between this grandma and granddaughter is a truly special one and when lockdown ends, and the real grandma can return, it will be a very happy and emotional reunion."
A portrait of Children With Voices Community Food Hub volunteer 'Sami' was also selected for the final.
Snapper Grey Hutton wrote: "I love the way his apron flutters in the wind, cape like, as if revealing for a moment the superhero within.
"It's everyday acts of kindness and solidarity like Sami's that have brought communities together through the crisis."
Amelia May, who has Down's Syndrome, in a nurse's outfit, is the star of 'Thank you' taken by mum Wendy Huson, in Liverpool.
Wendy wrote: "We had no idea that such an innocent photo would be picked out of so many to be included in an exhibition that will go down in history. This is amazing for us and the Down's Syndrome Community."
A black and white image of 'Pepter' made the final, taken by Lottie Sofia, in London.
Lottie wrote: "This picture is a representation of our daily dose of day-dreaming that we do while we watch the world go by without us".
Other images which made the cut include a Black Lives Matter protester and NHS heroes.
The 100 were curated by Kate, Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery, writer and poet Lemn Sissay MBE, Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, and photographer Maryam Wahid.
- Kate's full 100 photos can be seen today via logging onto www.npg.org.uk/holdstill
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