How Princess Charlotte is becoming more like the Queen

By Gemma Strong

Princess Charlotte may be just two years old, but she's already showing some striking similarities to her the Queen. The young princess was snapped on her first day of nursery school baring an uncanny resemblance to her great-grandmother - from her eyes and hair to the shape of her mouth and chin. Another point of similarity is the confidence and poise Charlotte clearly displays in the portraits, similar to that of the Queen in childhood photos. Scroll down to see how the little royal is following in the monarch's footsteps...

The eyes

Princess Charlotte shares the same distinctive eyes as the Queen, from the shape and colour of their eyes, down to the arch of their eyebrows.

TAP TO VIEW THE GALLERYportrait of Princess Charlotte on the left, portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as a child on the rightPrincess Charlotte already bears a strong resemblance to the Queen

The hair

Early photos of the Queen show that she sported a similar style to that worn by Princess Charlotte, with their bobbed hair styled to the side and clipped back away from the eyes. Charlotte also has a similar colour hair to the monarch; while her brother Prince George has fair hair, hers is a light brown shade.

Split image: Princess Charlotte on the left and Queen Elizabeth II on the rightThe pair share the same facial features, from their eyes to the shape of their mouths

Pretty in pink

Princess Charlotte and the Queen both share a love of the colour pink. Kate has previously revealed that it is the two-year-old's favourite colour, while the Queen often chooses clothes in the vibrant shade for her public engagements.

Split image: Princess Charlotte in pink on the left and Queen Elizabeth II in pink on the rightBoth are fans of the colour pink

Impeccable manners

Despite her young age, Princess Charlotte is already well-versed in royal protocol. The little girl showed impeccable manners while departing Poland with her family last summer, curtsying to diplomats who had gathered to bid them farewell. She is also showed a striking level on confidence in her nursery portraits – a similar trait shown in early pictures of the Queen.

A love of horses

For her first day at Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington, Princess Charlotte wore a Cath Kidston backpack decorated with horses. The Queen is well known for her love of all things equestrian, and continues to ride despite being in her 91st year. Furthermore, Kate recently revealed that Charlotte has already taken up riding lessons. "She emphasised that Charlotte has this passion for horses and although she doesn't echo it, she'll do her best to champion and encourage it," Paralympic gold medallist Natasha Baker revealed after meeting the Duchess.

Throwback: Queen Elizabeth II as a child holding her corgisThe Queen showed a love of animals from an early age - just as Charlotte has

Just like her great-grandmother, Charlotte is also an animal-lover. The Queen's love of her corgis is well known, and it seems the two-year-old is following in her footsteps; she was particularly taken with a fluffy rabbit and a large dog named Mouse while on a playdate during the Cambridges' royal tour of Canada last September.

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