Kate Middleton on Sunday shared two moving photographs she took of Holocaust survivors and their grandchildren, in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust.
One portrait features Steven Frank alongside his granddaughters, Maggie and Trixie, according to Kensington Palace’s Instagram account. The second portrait is of Yvonne Bernstein and her granddaughter, Chloe.
The Duchess of Cambridge said in the post that it was a “true honour” to photograph her subjects. Frank, who survived two camps, and Bernstein, who was hidden while a child in France, both moved to Britain in the 1940s. Both survivors brought personal items with them to be included in the pictures.
“The harrowing atrocities of the Holocaust, which were caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever lay heavy in our hearts,” Kate said in another Instagram post that showed her behind-the-scenes work with Frank and Bernstein.
“Yet it is so often through the most unimaginable adversity that the most remarkable people flourish. Despite unbelievable trauma at the start of their lives, Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank are two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet,” the duchess added.
“They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were some of the lucky few to make it through. Their stories will stay with me forever.”
Both portraits will be included in a new exhibit opening later this year, as part of a partnership between the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Jewish News and the Royal Photographic Society, of which Kate is patron, having taken the role over from the queen in 2019.
Matt Porteous, who often photographs the royals, also praised the duchess as a “talented photographer” in a reply to a fan on the Kensington Palace Instagram account.
On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the U.K. Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony, held at Westminster in London. While there, Kate connected with Bernstein, and the two shared a laugh.
During the ceremony, Prince William read aloud a letter by his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, who helped shelter her Jewish friends, the Cohens, during the Second World War while the Nazis occupied Greece. At the time, Princess Alice lived in Athens.
“What Princess Alice did, she saved the whole family,” Evy Cohen, whose grandmother, aunt and uncle were saved by the royal, told The Guardian in 2019. “Clearly I wouldn’t be alive, I wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t be born if it hadn’t been for her.”