Breathtaking. Duchess Kate (née Middleton) unveiled the powerful portraits of two Holocaust survivors she recently photographed. The beloved royal gave fans the first glimpse of her latest photography project, that featured stunning photos of two Holocaust survivors with their families, during their visit to Kensington Palace.
Kate, 38, revealed the incredible photos in a post shared to the joint Instagram account she shares with her husband, Prince William. “As part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, The Duchess of Cambridge has taken photographs of two Holocaust survivors with their grandchildren,” the post read on Monday, January 27.
“The first photograph features Steven Frank with his granddaughters, Maggie and Trixie,” the Instagram caption continued. “Alongside his mother and brothers, Steven was sent to Westerbork transit camp then to Theresienstadt. Steven and his brothers were 3 of only 93 children who survived the camp — 15,000 children were sent there.”
The second photo showed a grandmother and granddaughter marveling at a picture together. “The Duchess also photographed Yvonne Bernstein with her granddaughter Chloe,” the royal couple’s post explained. “Yvonne was a hidden child in France, traveling in the care of her aunt and uncle and frequently changing homes and names.”
According to the royal pair’s Instagram post, Kate’s gut-wrenching photographs will “form part of a new exhibition opening later this year by Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Jewish News and Royal Photographic Society.” The exhibit will also feature 75 images of survivors and their family members.
“The exhibition will honor the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the full lives that survivors have built in the U.K., whilst inspiring people to consider their own responsibility to remember and share the stories of those who endured Nazi persecution,” they said.
Following the unveiling of the future queen’s portraits, William, 37, and Kate — who tied the knot in April 2011 and share kids Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1 — stepped out at the U.K. Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony in Westminster.
Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place annually on January 27th, pays tribute to the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and honors the survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda and Darfur.
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