Charlotte and her great-grandmother share many striking similarities

By Erin Hill
Updated December 17, 2020 03:06 PM
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Queen Elizabeth at 5 years old and Princess Charlotte at 5 years old
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Princess Charlotte may take after dad Prince William, but they both got their striking similarities from Queen Elizabeth!

At 5 years old, Charlotte has long drawn comparisons to her great-grandmother – and she's royally twinning with the Queen in her family's new Christmas card. four new photos taken by Kate Middleton for Charlotte’s birthday on May 2.

From their captivating gazes to their sweet smiles, Charlotte has inherited the very best of the 94-year-old monarch.

The young princess's comparability to the Queen is also mirrored in a vintage photo of Princess Elizabeth as a bridesmaid at the wedding of Lady May Cambridgein 1931 when she was around 5 years old herself.

Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte
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Charlotte and her great-grandmother share the same distinctive eye structure – from their matching blue eyes to the arch of their eyebrows, there’s no questioning their resemblance.

The young royal also has lovely light brown hair. Before her hair turned a regal shade of white, Queen Elizabeth’s hair was a very similar shade to her great-granddaughter’s.

Princess Charlotte and Queen Elizabeth as a child

Charlotte has inherited more than just her great-grandmother’s looks. She’s also a budding equestrian! While attending an event to meet and honor British Olympians at Buckingham Palace in October 2016, Kate revealed that Charlotte already has developed a love of horses — just like great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

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Princess Charlotte in 2019 and Queen Elizabeth as a child
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Charlotte recently joined her parents and brothers for a night at the theater to see a Christmas pantomime play. The festive event marked the royal siblings red carpet debut. The family of five has spent a lot of time together this year isolating at their country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The children have got such stamina, I don’t know how," mom Kate, 38, told the BBC. "Honestly, you get to the end of the day and you write down the list of all the things that you’ve done in that day. So, you pitch a tent, take the tent down again, cook, bake. You get to the end of the day — they have had a lovely time — but it is amazing how much you can cram into one day that’s for sure.”