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Kate says George, Charlotte and Louis beg ‘mummy stop taking photos’

Kate confessed her children sometimes don’t like it when she gets her camera out (Picture: PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed how her three children sometimes ask her to put her camera down and stop taking photos of them.

Kate, who is a keen amateur photographer, said that George, Charlotte and Louis are sometimes reluctant to let her take their picture.

She made the comments during a conversation with a finalist of her Hold Still photography contest.

The duchess was discussing a photo taken by Ceri Edwards, which showed a hug between daughter Poppy and her father Mark before he left for work as a paramedic in Newport during the pandemic.

Kate praised the ‘strength, courage and resilience’ of the black-and-white image, named ‘Be Safe Daddy’, and said it stood out.

She said: ‘It’s such a sensitive and tender moment between father and daughter.

‘These simple moments have impacted so many and really resonated with so many across the country so thank you for sharing your photograph and your story.’

Kate praised the ‘strength, courage and resilience’ of the black-and-white image, named 'Be Safe Daddy', and said it stood out.
‘Be Safe Daddy’ was praised by Kate for its courage (Picture: Hold Still/Ceri Edwards)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: In this screengrab, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge clap for NHS carers as part of the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In at London on April 23, 2020 in London, England.The 'Big Night In' brings the nation an evening of unforgettable entertainment in a way we've never seen before. Raising money for and paying tribute to those on the front line fighting Covid-19 and all the unsung heroes supporting their communities. (Photo by Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images)
Kate says her children sometimes ask for her to put away the camera (Picture: Getty Images)

During the phone call, which was recorded in Autumn 2020 and published on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s YouTube channel yesterday, Kate and Ceri spoke about the power of photography.

Kate asked if Ceri’s husband was a photographer, to which she said: ‘No. Well, Mark would say otherwise just because I do take a lot of pictures of the family.’

Kate laughed and replied: ‘It’s like me. Everyone’s like, “Mummy, please stop taking photographs”.’

Ceri replied: ‘I know, but I love it. I love looking back. I think when you have children, time seems to go into warp speed, really, and it’s just a lovely thing for me. You look back and see how much the children have grown.’

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Kate says children tell her 'please stop taking photographs'

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The ‘touching’ portrait of father and daughter is among 100 photographs chosen from over 31,000 images for Kate’s Hold Still project.

The initiative aimed to capture and document ‘the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the nation’ as the UK dealt with the coronavirus outbreak.

People of all ages across the UK were invited to submit a photo which they had taken during lockdown. The book was published on May 7 and the digital exhibition went live on the National Portrait Gallery website in September 2020.

Proceeds raised from the sale of the book will be split between the mental health charity Mind and the National Portrait Gallery.

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