Kate Middleton chats to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during surprise This Morning appearance

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This Morning viewers are excited to see the Duchess of Cambridge appear on the show on Thursday morning. Kate is expected to speak to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about her community project Hold Still, with one of her patronages, the National Portrait Gallery, and her motivations for utilising photography to capture the nation in lockdown. 

The Duchess is asking people of all ages to submit photographs, which best capture the mood, hopes and fears during the coronavirus pandemic. Shortlisted entries will be displayed in a digital exhibition later this year and the closing date for submissions is 18 June at www.npg.org.uk. 

Kate has a long-held passion for photography, having studied History of Art at university. The royal mum has been taking official portraits of her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, to mark birthdays and special occasions since 2015. 

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It's not the first time Kate has met TV presenter Holly – the pair enjoyed an afternoon tea together as they sat next to each other at the 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards in London. 

After meeting the Duchess, Holly said: "It was very exciting. You know I always speak about her an awful lot, I'm a huge fan of hers and my mum was with me, and she was just so amazing. I know they always say don't meet the people you hold up high, but I have to say, she didn't disappoint. She spent a very long time going around every table talking to people."

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The Duchess of Cambridge isn't the only royal to appear on This Morning – the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall joined Phil and Holly on the sofa in January 2018. The royal couple celebrated the show's 30th anniversary with the TV hosts and the 90th anniversary of The Royal Television Society.

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Kate has been patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012 and it was one of her first four royal patronages to be announced. 

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