Times are changing before our very eyes. It seems as though in a moment’s notice, years fly by without any hesitation. The speed is much due to the rapid pace that life moves this day and age. We haven’t a spare second to take a breather and soak in every moment.
As a parent, this is even truer. Once you have a child of your own, you want to savor every milestone, for you know in the blink of an eye, they will be grown.
The Duchess of Cambridge, now pregnant with her third little one, relates completely. She and Prince William have made it a point to ensure they are actively involved in the lives of their children. One way to preserve the days of youth is through imagery.
Kate Middleton had long had a passion for photography and, before her days in the Royal Family, aspired to be a photographer. She still occasionally pursues this love and has become more involved with is as of late. Kensington Palace recently made a public announcement that Kate had a hand in curating pieces for an upcoming photography exhibition.
“As a patron of the National Portrait Gallery and an enthusiastic amateur photographer, I am delighted to support Victorian Giants. This captivating book and accompanying exhibition bring together works by Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden for the first time, to explore the birth of art photography in England,” she wrote.
She went on to say how much this era of art inspired her and how it influenced her photography-focused work during her days as a student at the University of St. Andrews. She touched on her love for the art and what seemingly weighed heavily on her decision for her choices: her children.
“These photographs allow us to reflect on the importance of preserving and appreciating childhood while it lasts. Children held a special place in the Victorian imagination and were celebrated for their seemingly boundless potential. This notion still rings true for us today, and it underpins much of my official work and the charities I have chosen to support, and, indeed, my role as a mother of a young family.”
This, in addition to all the many things this royal mother does, gives us a greater appreciation for not only her and her work, but for our families as well. May we never take for granted the beauty and sacredness that is childhood. Let us influence, preserve, and encourage the creativity and expressions of these precious years.