Kate Middleton shares a previously unseen family snap of her as a child at Christmas and fans are obsessed with this unexpected detail

The Princess of Wales' treasured family snap has got fans talking

Kate Middleton at Christmas Sandringham
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Kate Middleton has shared an unseen treasured family snap of her childhood Christmas and fans are all saying the same thing.

While many families are busy thinking of things to do with the kids this Christmas to make the best childhood memories, the Princess of Wales has shared one of herself as a child celebrating Christmas in the 80s. The iconic fashion and decor style is a trip down memory lane for most of us, but by sharing an unseen photo Kate is giving royal fans a look into her childhood in the hope of encouraging others to do so too.

She explained how a child's early years play a huge importance in shaping their future in its caption which reads, "Sharing some festive memories this Christmas because #ShapingUs is all about the vital importance of our early years and the role played by those around us in shaping the rest of our lives. Photo of The Princess, Christmas 1983 Don’t miss the Together at Christmas Carol Service with Early Childhood this Christmas Eve at 7:45 pm on ITV."

But fans are obsessed with one unexpected detail on the photo of the Princess who is aged 23 months at the time- and it's her likeness to her son Prince Louis, five.

One fan wrote, "I thought that was Prince Louis immediately"

Another fan agreed and added, "Louis is her double!”

A third fan said, "I think we can all agree Louis is the spitting image of his mother.....the Middleton gene is visible," and the Prince Louis comments have received thousands of likes.

You can take a look at the snap shared on the Prince and Princess of Wales official Instagram and see if you agree.

Prince Louis being held in the arms of dad Prince William on the royal balcony at Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour

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You can see the likeness in the photo of Prince Louis above, who is being held by Dad Prince William during the Trooping the Colour 2019. In the photograph, Prince Louis would have been 14 months old.

And it's not just the strong Middleton gene pool that fans have picked up on, others have commented on how Kate Middleton displays her love of fashion from a young age by wearing a rainbow-coloured beaded necklace. She wears the chunky chain over her blue striped dress with a white collar which is buttoned up at the front.

One fan wrote, "It's the necklace for me. Louis is definitely mini-mommy.”

And a second fan added, "A girl who knew how to accessorize from day one."

With a third sharing, "My thought too!"

JoJo Maman Bebe is selling a toddler necklace set for £6.50 and it features a matching bracelet.

Meanwhile, fans also picked up on the decor, which was popular at the time. One fan tagged a friend and said, "Look, Kate ate off of Autumn Leaves placemats too!"

In other royal news, Princess Diana returned most of Prince William and Harry’s childhood Christmas presents for this fugal reason and fans spot bizarre detail in Prince William and Kate Middleton's adorable Royal Family Christmas card that you might have missed.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)