Princess Charlotte Looks Like Both the Queen and Prince William in Her New Birthday Portraits

In their defense, this is a tough one.

Princess Charlotte
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  • This weekend, Kensington Palace released Princess Charlotte's fifth birthday portraits (opens in new tab), which were taken by her mother, Kate Middleton.
  • While royal fans have noticed for years just how much Charlotte resembles a young Queen Elizabeth II (opens in new tab), the princess' newest portraits highlighted another strong family resemblance—the one between Charlotte and her father, Prince William.
  • In April, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's youngest child, Prince Louis, celebrated his second birthday, a friend of Kate's revealed that Louis is the only one of her kids who she thinks looks like her.

Princess Charlotte's (opens in new tab) latest set of birthday portraits prove just how quickly the five-year-old royal is growing up before our very eyes. We can all agree on that point, yes? Good.

After seeing Charlotte's new birthday picture (opens in new tab), however, royal fans are split on another point: Which of her royal relatives the young princess looks the most like.

For years now, there's been a strong contingent on people who shout from the rooftops just how much Charlotte looks like a young Queen Elizabeth (opens in new tab). Here, for your comparing convenience, is Charlotte's new birthday portrait (opens in new tab) next to a photo of Elizabeth from 1935, when she was just a few years older than Charlotte is now:

The Queen and Princess Charlotte

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Upon seeing the newest pictures of the young princess, however, many royal fans were struck by just how much she's growing to resemble her dad, Prince William (opens in new tab). While it might be hard to imagine it now, with 2020 William in mind, the resemblance becomes clear when you look at Charlotte's new birthday portrait next to a photo of Will from 1988, not long after his sixth birthday:

Prince William and Princess Charlotte

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The eyebrows. The mischievous grins. We totally see it.

There's at least one relative who is bowing out of the "Who Does Charlotte Look Like" competition: Her mom, Kate Middleton.

Last month, when Will and Kate's youngest child, Prince Louis (opens in new tab), celebrated his second birthday, a source close to Kate revealed that Louis is the only Cambridge kid who Kate thinks takes after the Middleton side of the gene pool (opens in new tab).

"Everyone always comments on how Louis is the spitting image of Kate," the friend told People (opens in new tab). "She loves it and thinks it’s very sweet; she often jokes that he’s the only one of her kids who actually looks like her!"

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