Duke and Duchess of Cambridge film for 'really moving' Pride of Britain awards

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read

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Prince William and Kate have recorded a “moving” segment for the Pride of Britain awards, it’s been revealed.

Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway was pictured filming with the royal couple on Tuesday 20 October, after they’d met photographers and subjects of the Duchess of Cambridge’s lockdown photography project, Hold Still.

On the ITV show the next morning, Garraway revealed the couple had been there to take part in the filming for the Pride of Britain show on 1 November.

Joking with her colleagues, Garraway said: “I was just sort of following them. No, they were taking part in something for Pride of Britain on ITV on November 1. It's really moving and really beautiful.

“We can't have the big live event and the red carpet and all of that, but they're doing something slightly different this year, but it's very very moving and they're involved in that.

“I did have to ask her about her hair.

“It’s just fabulously glossy in person, I can report.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the launch of the Hold Still campaign at Waterloo Station on October 20, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
William and Kate went to Waterloo on Tuesday 20 October, to see one of the public exhibitions of the images from her Hold Still project. (Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet pharmacist Joyce Duah, second right, and pharmacy technicians Amelia Chowdhury, right, and Dipal Samuel, left, as they visit St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, to mark the launch of the nationwide 'Hold Still' community photography project, on October 20th, 2020 in London, England.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday met a small number of staff from the hospital, including pharmacist and photographer Joyce Duah and the two pharmacy technician colleagues Amelia and Dipal she photographed writing on their PPE as they put it on, in a photograph that was selected to be in the set of 100 images taken during the coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
They then met pharmacist Joyce Duah, second right, and pharmacy technicians Amelia Chowdhury, right, and Dipal Samuel, left, who were involved in the project. (Matt Dunham - WPA Pool)

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The Pride of Britain award ceremonies are usually held in a hotel in London, with a star-studded red carpet before the prizes are given out.

However the usual ceremony cannot take place this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing restrictions on public gatherings.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also in central London on 20 October as they launched the public exhibitions of the photographs which were chosen as part of her Hold Still project.

The collection of 100 images, which show life in the UK during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be displayed on billboards and posters across the country.

Watch: Duchess of Cambridge launches her Hold Still exhibitions

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Kate took husband William to see some of the images in Waterloo and then to meet some of the frontline workers who feature in one picture, at St Bartholomew’s hospital.

The couple also met volunteer Sami Massalami Mohammed Elmassalami Ayad, who did not know that the image taken of him was even submitted until he found out the duchess wanted to speak to him.

The tale tickled William who laughed as he said: “Oh, that’s great! You didn’t know at all? Love it. That’s brilliant.”

The royals also met specialist oncology pharmacist Joyce Duah who took a picture of her colleagues Amelia Chowdhury, 34, and Dipal Samuel, 38, writing their names and drawing smiley faces and love hearts on their personal protective equipment.

The image was called All In This Together.

Kate, who is an amateur photographer herself, told Duah: “Thank you so much for the image. It had such an impact – it captured the moment, it was a look behind the scenes.

“The story of what you experienced is so important.”

The images will be displayed around the country, and all 100 portraits will feature in a special exhibition hosted by the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.