Duchess Kate & William go maskless for a ‘Hold Still’ event at Waterloo Station

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in London today for a previously unannounced event at Waterloo station. The event was for Kate’s “Hold Still” photography exhibition, which is the pandemic/lockdown-themed open-entry photography exhibition sponsored and promoted by Kate for months. Kate announced the project in May, she was on the committee culling the thousands of entries down, and the virtual exhibition launched in mid-September, complete with a statement of praise from the Queen. It was also a rare “Kate Project” which was genuinely moving and cool.

The trip to Waterloo Station was to launch a “country-wide display” of the exhibition, and to meet one of the subjects of the photos. There is a big, blown-up display of one of the photos there, at the train station. I guess William tagged along to improve his event numbers for 2020 and to “support” his wife’s project. There’s a great photo of William eyeballing bags of Kentucky Fried Chicken, which I can relate to. As soon as I saw those bags, I thought “damn I could go for some KFC too.”

Kate’s long red coat is apparently another piece from Alexander McQueen. It’s too long? And the buttons! It feels like we’ve barely seen Kate’s buttons this year. She leaned in hard to prairie dresses and Sister Wife dresses without many buttons over the summer. But autumn and winter must be Button Season. Kate also wore another (kids’ sized) floral mask in the car ride over to Waterloo station… but then removed the mask outdoors. Again, I’m sure that is perfectly in line with current British/London regulations for open-air gatherings. BUT AGAIN, it is reprehensible for royals/public figures to avoid mask-wearing in public settings. It is the Queen’s responsibility, the Future Future Queen’s responsibility, and the Future Future King’s responsibility to role model mask-wearing during a pandemic. It’s as simple as that.

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