Princess Charlotte celebrated her fifth birthday over the weekend - and her parents Prince William and Kate Middleton have released a selection of new pictures of her volunteering to mark the occasion.
They show the youngster delivering fresh, homemade pasta to vulnerable and isolated pensioners near the family’s Norfolk country home of Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate.
However, many royal fans couldn’t help but notice just how much she looked just like particular close relatives.
They suggested that - rather than the Duchess of Cambridge or her siblings - she had a closer physical resemblance to none other than the Queen herself.
Charlotte the ‘spitting image’ of Queen Elizabeth
While most of the images were candid shots taken last month, it was a new portrait of Charlotte that seems to have sparked one of the more popular comparisons.
Its regal nature drew many Twitter users to claim she was the spitting image of Her Majesty as a young girl.
Indeed, old photos of her great-grandmother, now 94, do show a striking resemblance between the pair.
One person wrote that all could see is “the Queen’s timeless face and expression” in the picture.
Nice pic of Princess Charlotte. Looks a lot like The Queen as a child.
— julieannhayes (@julieannhayes) May 2, 2020
Princess Charlotte bears an uncanny resemblance to her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth! I was expecting her to look more like her own mother & father, but just looking at her photo for a second, all I could see is the Queen's timeless face and expression. Happy B'day Charlotte
— Thelma Beamon (@tebeamon) May 1, 2020
I love Princess Charlotte - so much sass. Also really looks like a young Queen Elizabeth in the first photo! https://t.co/3cJJt4O47E
— Stacey Cosens (@StaceyCosens) May 1, 2020
Lady Sarah Chatto another striking likeness
Similarly, comparisons have been made between Charlotte and second cousin Lady Sarah Chatto - the Queen’s niece - as a child.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter pointed out that the pair, as well as looking very similar, also almost share a birthday.
Sarah - who is the daughter of the monarch’s late sister Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, the 1st Earl of Snowdon - turned 56 yesterday.
Several other social media users agreed that the likeness was ‘uncanny’.
Princess Charlotte aged 5 on the left and Lady Sarah Chatto aged 5 on the right. Lady Sarah (Princess Margaret's daughter) is celebrating her 56th birthday today, May 1st. pic.twitter.com/J8QEdN8NxQ
— Victoria Arbiter (@victoriaarbiter) May 1, 2020
Two young ladies at age five showing an uncanny likeness #birthdaygirl, Princess Charlotte, has to her second cousin Lady Sarah Chatto, late Princess Margaret's daughter, who celebrated her 56th birthday yesterday pic.twitter.com/bJAOs3i0b7
— Dickie Arbiter 🇬🇧 (@RoyalDickie) May 2, 2020
Every time I see HRH Princess Charlotte I’m struck by her remarkable resemblance to Lady Sarah Chatto. Obviously these are not my photos but I wanted to see if I was right or simply going bonkers. What do you think? Happy 5th birthday Princess Charlotte. pic.twitter.com/Ehp3PhzqdI
— Pauline☀️📷🌻☕️🍷✝ (@FlowersAndCards) May 2, 2020
Perhaps two of the most popular similarities floated were between Charlotte and her father William, now 37, and also her grandmother, the late Princess Diana.
One Instagram user pointed out that all three had the same “little mischievous smile”.
Another, on Twitter, described her as the duke’s “mini-me”.
They noted that while Prince George, six, and Prince Louis, two, look just like their mum, Charlotte is the “only one of Cambridge kids who resembles him”.
Charlotte is William’s mini me! She’s the only one of Cambridge kids who resembles with him. And she has a lot of Diana’s in her pic.twitter.com/BkiEqhfuqi
— En’En (@EniEnkela) May 1, 2020
Thanks to @flyingboomerang for pointing out this. Charlotte and William’s smile are pretty similar too. They both smile showing all their teeth or this little close mouth smile that is so cute and that it’s similar to Diana’s smile. William is definitely Diana’s male version. pic.twitter.com/akNAFmPtLz
— Isa (@isaguor) May 1, 2020
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