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Royal Fans Think Princess Charlotte Is the Spitting Image of the Queen Mother as a Child

Royal fans were stunned by the uncanny resemblance between Princess Charlotte and the Queen Mother after two early childhood photos of the monarch were unearthed this week.

On Monday, the official Instagram account for Glamis Castle in Angus, Scotland, the ancestral home of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, shared two new images of the Queen Mother as a young girl, as well as a recent portrait of Charlotte. The organization wrote in the caption, “The youngest daughter of the 14th Earl of Strathmore, Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon married the Duke of York and went on to become Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. You can find out more about her life and education at Glamis when visiting our current Children of Glamis Exhibition.” The caption then went on to say, “When our castle archivist was looking at photographs of a young Lady Elizabeth below, we all agreed that there is a striking familial resemblance with her great-great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte. Can you see the resemblance too?” Commenters were quick to concur that the two young girls could almost be twins.

Glamis Castle, which was built in the 14th century, was the Queen Mother’s childhood home and has been the seat of the Bowes Lyon family since 1372. Before becoming Queen Mother, Elizabeth I was known as Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon. The Queen Mother also gave birth to her second child, Princess Margaret, on the 16,500-acre property. The 130-room castle still receives over 100,000 visitors every year.

And the parallels between Princess Charlotte and her great-great-grandmother don’t end with their appearance. Last month, the only daughter of Prince William and Princess Kate paid homage to the Queen Mother at the funeral for Queen Elizabeth with a delicate, little, silver horseshoe covered in tiny diamonds pinned to the lapel of her black overcoat. The piece of jewelry looked nearly identical to a brooch that was once owned by the Queen Mother in the 1920s. The accessory was a gift from her mother-in-law, Queen Mary, and she wore in a portrait taken in 1929 after her marriage to King George VI, who was still just the Duke of York at the time.

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