Princess Kate Looks Just Like Prince Louis in Never-Before-Seen Photo As a Child

It’s clear where the Wales children get their looks, judging from a never-before-seen photo of mom Princess Kate.

Ahead of the release of Kate’s Royal Carols: Together at Christmas program, the royal family shared a new picture of the Princess of Wales as a child. The adorable snap captures a nearly two-year-old Kate sitting at a dining table, celebrating Christmas in 1983. She wears a blue button-down with red diagonal stripes and a crisp white collar, layered underneath a tiny chunky knit cardigan and a colorful beaded necklace.

With her plump cherub cheeks and cropped mop of wavy dark brown hair, little Kate bears a striking resemblance to her kids—most notably to her youngest, five-year-old Prince Louis.

Some Instagram commenters immediately took note of the physical similarities between Kate and Louis.

“You’re absolutely lying, this is Louis 😭👌🏽,” one commented. Another said, “I think we can all agree Louis is the splitting image of his mother…..the Middleton gene is visible.”

The post’s caption linked the newly released photo of Kate to the royal’s Shaping Us campaign. “Sharing some festive memories this Christmas because #ShapingUs is all about the vital importance of our early years and the role played by those around us in shaping the rest of our lives,” the caption read.

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Louis and older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte recently supported their mom by making an appearance at her annual Christmas carol service on December 8.

This year’s service spotlights the work of those in the early childhood development realm, a cause Kate has long championed.

“Christmas is a time when we come together and celebrate the birth of a newborn baby,” she said in a promo for the program. “The arrival of every baby is a precious and momentous time, it brings us together to reflect on new beginnings and brings hope for the future.”

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