The Duchess of Cambridge hugged and kissed one of the survivors she photographed as part of a Jewish News project to mark Holocaust Memorial Day as the pair were reunited in Westminster yesterday.
Yvonne Bernstein was pictured by HRH with her granddaughter Chloe – an image that will appear in an exhibition of 75 images of survivors and their relatives later this year.
Initiated by the Jewish News, the project is a collaboration between Jewish News, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and the Royal Photographic Society, of which the Duchess is patron.
Meeting survivors of the Shoah and subsequent genocides with Prince William after the national commemoration yesterday, Kate beamed as she saw Yvonne: “I had a very good model,” she told the small group. “She was fantastic. It was very special, I was very honoured.” She told Yvonne, 82, “You were brilliant, you were very patient.”
“I came out pretty well!” laughed Yvonne.
And there was one thing uppermost in Prince William’s mind as he spotted Yvonne too. He told the group: “I know this lady well. Do you know my wife took her photograph? They’re great photos – She’s such a perfectionist.”