From Kate Middleton to Prince Louis and beyond
As Kate Middleton kicked off her new early years awareness campaign last week with a series of high profile media engagements and projects, she encouraged members of the public to share photos from their own ‘early years’. which she determines to be between pregnancy and the age of five.
To inspire others, the princess posted a photo showing her as a toddler playing with her dad, Michael Middleton. Posted on Twitter on Saturday, the royal said: “This weekend we would love for you all to spend some time with your friends, families, colleagues and communities talking about your early childhood and how they shaped your life. I hope you’ll also consider joining me in sharing a photo of yourself before your fifth birthday to help with those conversations and to share smiles and memories too.”
Upon seeing Kate’s photo, a number of online commenters pointed out the many similarities she shares with her youngest son, Prince Louis.
Here, Newsweek look, through images, at the members of the royal family and their infant look-alikes:
Kate Middleton and Prince Louis
Kate Middleton gave birth to her third child on April 23, 2018. He was named Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge and baptized at St James’s Palace on July 9.
The Princess and Louis have shared a number of emotional moments in public that fans have praised online, including during Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022, where her affectionate – and sometimes cheeky – behavior towards her mother has become a central conversation. indicate.
Kate’s own childhood was spent in Buckinghamshire, England, except for a short time when the princess was two years old when her family moved to Jordan for her father’s work.
The Princess uploaded a photo of herself and her father on February 4 as part of her ‘Shaping Us’ early childhood development awareness campaign. A number of social media users and commenters have pointed out the physical similarities between the royal and her youngest son.
Prince William and Prince George
Prince George was born on July 22, 2013, the eldest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton. He will one day inherit his father’s throne.
The Prince and William share a number of physical similarities, including their shiny blond hair as babies.
These similarities were heightened during George’s early years when his parents dressed him in outfits similar to those worn by William in the 1980s for important events such as Trooping the Color celebrations.
King Charles and Prince Harry
King Charles III and his youngest son Prince Harry shared a number of physical similarities as the prince grew up, but not least his red hair, which is a trait inherited from Princess Diana’s Spencer family .
In many family portraits of the 1980s and early 1990s, Charles and Harry posed together, with William and Diana mirroring them.
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Charlotte
Princess Charlotte, born Princess Charlotte Diana Elizabeth of Cambridge on May 2, 2005, has been closely compared to her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II for many years.
In the 2016 documentary film Our Queen at 90, Kate Middleton has revealed that the monarch is particularly “delighted” that the family has welcomed a new wife.
“The Queen was really delighted it was a little girl and I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington she was one of our first visitors here,” she said.
“I think she really likes Charlotte. She always watches what she does.”
Prince Harry and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
Prince Harry’s first-born, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born on May 6, 2019, and although his public appearances were tightly restricted by his parents, when official photographs of the young royal were released, his similarities to his father have often been commented on. .
Archie shares Harry’s red hair and wide eyes, which was commented on when the Sussexes took their infant son on tour to South Africa when he was four months old.
Princess Eugenie and August Brooksbank
Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, gave birth to her first child on February 21, 2021 and, together with her husband Jack Brooksbank, named the grandson August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.
As Princess Eugenie plays no official working role within the monarchy, her public appearances have been limited, with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pageant at Buckingham Palace in 2022 being a rare exception.
In January, the princess announced that she was expecting her second child.
James Crawford-Smith is Newsweek’s London-based royal journalist. You can find him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and read his stories on Newsweek’s The Royal’s Facebook page.
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