Kate Middleton has been secretly hiding books around London

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What is the book hold still about?

According to a Friday release, Hold Still features 100 portraits reflecting the many different faces of individual experiences amid the COVID pandemic. Proceeds from the book raised will be split between leading mental health charity Mind and the National Portrait Gallery. people.comKate Middleton Is Surprising Londoners Today — by Hiding Her Charity Book Around the City!

Duchess Kate Stuns in Red Wool Coat and Sky-High Heels for Book Release: Pic

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Duchess Kate’s coat game is strong and we’re taking note!

Now that the temperatures are dropping, we’re looking to upgrade our coat closet. As it turns out, there’s no need to look any further than the Duchess of Cambridge herself. From laid-back army jackets to seriously sleek reefers, she knows what’s what when it comes to stylish outwear. And while it’s no secret she loves a coat dress, she also doesn’t skip out on the chance to amp up any look with an extra chic piece to keep warm.

One of the 38-year-old’s most recent standouts was a checkered Massimo Dutti coat that retails for $349, which she paired with a cashmere sweater from the designer during a visit with students at the University of Derby on Tuesday, October 6. It was truly a fall-perfect ensemble.

Notably, a go-to favorite of the royal’s is Catherine Walker. In 2018 alone, she wore two coats by the London-based designer. First, during a tour of Sweden at the start of the year, she dazzled in a red houndstooth number. Then for Christmas Day church service, the duchess donned a festive double-breasted piece.

But as much as we love these sophisticated numbers, her pared down outwear is also worth obsessing over. On a trip to Ireland back in March, she visited a farm looking totally cool and casual in a Dubarry’s Friel Utility jacket, which she paired with skinny jeans and her favorite Russell and Bromley riding boots.

Keep scrolling to check out some of her best coats and jackets from over the years.

Lady in red! To celebrate the release of her new book, Hold Still, the duchess paid a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, wearing a stunning red wool coat dress from Eponine, a pleated nude midi skirt, brown stilettos and a matching bag. 

The duchess wore a sleek and sophisticated Dolce & Gabbana military style coat featuring gold statement buttons while visiting an air cadets squadron in London with Prince William. This was her first appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral, which took place on Saturday, April 17.

For a visit to a COVID-19 vaccination center that happened to be located at her wedding venue, Westminster Abbey, the Duchess of Cambridge stunned in an off-white Catherine Walker coat with lace detailing. She paired the midi-length coat with camel suede pumps, a matching clutch and a surgical face mask.

Luck of the stylish! The royal wore a festive green tweed coat with white stitching as she wished the world a “very happy St. Patrick’s Day” in a video compiled by the Irish Foreign Ministry.

Spring has sprung! The duchess looked pretty in pink for her visit to School21. For the outing, she wore a Max & Co. wool coat, which she paired with a Boden scalloped sweater. She topped off the looks with black pants, suede pumps and quilted clutch. 

Such a holiday beauty! During a visit to Cardiff Castle in Wales, the Duchess of Cambridge wore her red Alexander McQueen coat over a black turtleneck and red tartan skirt. She topped off the look with a plaid scarf, leather gloves, a matching handbag and Ralph Lauren boots.

During a Remembrance Day service in London, the duchess wore a black bespoke Alexander McQueen coat dress featuring fringe details on the shoulders. She topped off the look with a Philip Treacy hat and pearl earrings borrowed from Queen Elizabeth II.

The royal wore a double-breasted, red wool coat from Alexander McQueen while visiting the launch of the Hold Still campaign in London.

While visiting students at the University of Derby, the duchess paired a $349, checkered, Massimo Dutti coat with a blue cashmere sweater from the designer for a truly fall-perfect ensemble. 

Proving she knows how to pull off a casual look as well as a formal one, the royal rocked Dubarry’s Friel Utility jacket for a day on the farm while visiting Ireland. 

Absolutely stunning! During a visit to South Wales, the Duchess of Cambridge donned a Bianca Maxi Coat from Hobbs over a red Zara dress. For an extra pop of color, she topped off the look with a Beulah London scarf covered in pink hearts. 

Even Duchess Kate likes to wear pastels for Easter! Originally spotted on the royal back in 2014, the duchess rewore a pale blue Alexander McQueen coat for Easter Sunday service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. 

And for St. Patrick’s day, who doesn’t love wearing green?! While attending a St Patrick’s Day Parade at Cavalry Barracks, Middleton stunned in a gorgeous dark green Alexander McQueen coat. 

When visiting the Blackpool Tower with Prince William, the royal wore an olive green Sportmax coat that’s simple, sleek and seriously stylish. She first debuted this piece back in 2016 during a trip to Edinburgh.

For Christmas Day church service in Sandringham, the Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in a festive red double-breasted Catherine Walker coat, which she accessorized with Mulberry’s Bayswater clutch, Jane Taylor London headband and burgundy Gianvito Rossi suede pumps.

So fabulous! During a trip to Sweden, the royal appeared incredibly chic in a red houndstooth Catherine Walker number. 

Attending a memorial service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Middleton wore a double-breasted Carolina Herrera black coat.

There’s nothing we love more than a dress-down duchess! While visiting the Robin Hood Primary School in London, the royal wore a Barbour Defence Jacket over her black Honeycomb sweater by Temperley London.

Turning heads in a red wool blazer from a Philosophy di Lorenzo, Middleton visited the RAF Wittering In Peterborough.

Another Christmas-perfect piece, the Celeste coat by Hobbs is a favorite of Middleton’s. Before this outing, she was spotted in it on five other occasions, including Valentine’s day in 2012, a visit to Liverpool and Christmas day years earlier. 

Wearing Mulberry’s Paddington wool-and-mohair coat, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Nelson Trust Women’s Centre in Gloucester. 

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Duchess Kate marks publication of her pandemic photo book with old-fashioned treasure hunt

USA TODAY 08 May, 2021 - 04:00pm

Duchess Kate of Cambridge marked publication of her commissioned pandemic photo book, "Hold Still," with a treasure hunt around the U.K.

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Prince William and Duchess Kate tied the knot on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey in London. USA TODAY

Everybody loves a treasure hunt, right?

Duchess Kate of Cambridge marked the publication Friday of the book she commissioned of pandemic photos, "Hold Still," by joining with The Book Fairies to hide 150 copies in secret locations across the United Kingdom – a clever bit of marketing in a nation of book lovers and treasure hunters.

And just to whet the appetite, she posted a video of herself, dressed in a flaming red long coat, "hiding" a copy of the book by standing it up against the low railing around the pond where the Queen Victoria Memorial statue looms in the gardens of her London home at Kensington Palace.

She also paid visits to the Royal London Hospital and the National Portrait Gallery, one of her patronages, to promote the project she launched a year ago to collect portraits of the pandemic as a record by amateur photographers of shared and individual experiences during the COVID-19 lockdowns in Britain.  

For Kate's treasure hunt, each copy of "Hold Still" hidden away comes with a gold Book Fairies sticker, gold ribbon and a letter from the duchess tucked inside. The Book Fairies is an enchanting book-lovers movement that urges readers to share their favorite books by leaving them in public spaces for others to find.

"To make this activity even more special, book fairies, the Hold Still judges and participants of the final 100 images are leaving copies at places that gave them hope during the lockdown," the Cambridge Instagram caption read.

The "Hold Still" project was launched by Kate (an avid amateur photographer herself) with the National Portrait Gallery last year, when people of all ages from across the U.K. were invited to submit a photographic portrait they had taken during the first pandemic lockdown.

More than 31,000 images were submitted, from which 100 final portraits were selected by a jury, and shown in a digital exhibition before being displayed across the U.K. as part of a community exhibition.

In case you missed the symbolism, this is the perfect mashup of royal tradition with modern monarchy, increasingly embodied by Prince William, 38, and Kate, 39, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The future king and queen have been leaders of the royal campaign to battle COVID-19, using social media and modern technology – including a first-ever royal YouTube channel – to get their messages across.   

Add Kate's longstanding association with art and photography – her university degree is in art history – and you have the perfect public engagement for the royal mother of three.  

Thus the carefully curated roll out of "Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020," now available in bookstores in the U.K., and already at the top of British bestseller lists. (The book, published by the National Portrait Gallery, is not yet available in America and does not yet appear on the U.S. Amazon list.)

Proceeds of sales of the book (about $24) will be split between a leading mental health charity, Mind, and the National Portrait Gallery, to support arts and mental health projects across the U.K,, according to Kensington Palace.

The cover of the book features a striking portrait of a masked nurse, "Melanie, March 2020," a photograph of Melanie Senior by Johannah Churchill, which Kate saw during her visit to the hospital on Friday. 

The portrait has been donated to The Royal London by Kate and the National Portrait Gallery, and will hang in the hospital’s main corridor as a reminder of the efforts of National Health Service staff throughout the pandemic. Other portraits will be given to locations around the U.K. for public display over the coming months, the palace said. 

Kate's in-person visits to the hospital and the Portrait Gallery were aimed in part at highlighting how crucial art-making and art displays can be to health and healing.

At the hospital, which cared for COVID-19 patients from across northeast London, she learned about how the hospital's arts-and-health service, Vital Arts, displays art throughout its wards, waiting rooms and corridors to enhance the environment. 

She also heard more about how the National Portrait Gallery has collaborated with the hospital to bring art workshops to young patients and their families.

At the Portrait Gallery, for which she has served as patron since just after her wedding 10 years ago, she learned about how the final 100 "Hold Still" images will become part of the gallery’s national collection, already the largest collection of portraits in the world, including more than 250,000 photographs spanning from the 1840s to the present.

It may have been coincidental timing, but Kate's Friday activities follow by three days the announcement that her sister-in-law, Duchess Meghan of Sussex, has written and will publish in June a children's book, "The Bench," inspired by husband Prince Harry and their son, Archie, who just turned 2

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Kate Middleton and Prince William's cutest pets through the years - from their beloved dog Lupo to Marvin...

HELLO! 08 May, 2021 - 04:00pm

Prince William and Kate welcomed a new puppy in 2020, shortly before the death of the Cambridges' beloved English Cocker Spaniel, Lupo, in November.

From their hamster Marvin to their adorable dog Lupo, William and Kate have brought their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis up in a household of furry friends - and it seems to be the perfect antidote for dealing with their royally busy schedules!

HELLO! takes a look at all of the Cambridges' pets over the years…

William and Kate welcomed a new pet dog into the family last year, but are yet to share his or her name with royal fans. The Duchess' younger brother, James Middleton, reportedly gifted the Cambridges the eight-month-old puppy and first shared pictures and videos of a litter of pups when they were born back in May 2020.

Kate is well known for her love of dogs and can frequently be spotted petting the most adorable pooches while attending royal functions.

In the past, Kate would regularly take the Middletons' family dog Tilly on days out, even supporting William at a charity polo match at Beaufort Polo Club back in 2006.

Tilly later featured in William and Kate's family portrait with Prince George shortly after he was born, lying discreetly beside them in the corner of the photo.

The royal pair added Lupo to their family in 2012, the English Cocker Spaniel who was given to them by Kate's brother James after their wedding and helped to keep the Duchess company while William was away for weeks in the Falkland Islands.

Their beloved dog sadly passed away in November, with William and Kate sharing a photo of Lupo to announce the news. It read: "Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away. He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much. - W & C."

William's love of animals began from an early age and when he and brother Harry were small they had a number of pets between them.

As a young Prince, dog lover William had a pooch named Widget and he and Harry also shared a lop-eared rabbit which lived in a hutch in the stable yard at their family home in Highgrove.

Kate has previously revealed that she had two Guinea Pigs when she was younger called Salt and Pepper. 

Her love of Guinea Pigs follows in the footsteps of William's mother Princess Diana, who took her guinea pig Peanuts to boarding school with her after being distraught by the thought of leaving him behind. Peanuts even won the 'fur and feathers' section in Sandringham show when entered by Diana in 1972.

In 2016, Kate revealed she and William bought Prince George and Princess Charlotte a new furry friend – a hamster called Marvin. 

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