10:27 GMT23 June 2021
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    A nationwide outdoor exhibition of a book featuring 100 portraits from 2020 is being spearheaded by Kate, patron of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG).

    The Duchess of Cambridge has joined members of The Book Fairies reading group to hide a copy of her "Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020" book ahead of its release on Friday. 

    In total, 150 copies of the photobook will be placed in various locations across the country for Brits to find and enjoy.

    The Duchess wrote the introductory text, while a panel of judges selected 100 portraits from 31,000 entrants that feature within. 

    “From virtual birthday parties, handmade rainbows, and community clapping to brave NHS staff, resilient key workers and people dealing with illness, isolation and loss. The images convey humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope – expressing and exploring both our shared and individual experiences,” the National Portrait Gallery wrote.  

    ​​In June, Kate’s sister-in-law – the Duchess of Sussex – is also set to release her first literary offering – a children's book based on a poem she wrote for her husband Prince Harry. 

    “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex’s first children’s book, The Bench, beautifully captures the special relationship between fathers and sons, as seen through a mother’s eyes. The book’s storytelling and illustration give us snapshots of shared moments that evoke a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion,” the British book retailer Waterstones said.  

    Markle chose to use her royal title in her byline, which has stirred up controversy in light of her and Prince Harry relinquishing their royal duties in 2020. 

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