Stunned royal fans have taken to social media to compare Princess Charlotte to the Queen as she arrived for her first day of school today.
The adorable Princess clutched her mother’s hand as her parents dropped her off for her first day at Thomas’s Battersea, the £18,915-a-year private institution in south London which big brother Prince George also attends.
Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea, joining her older brother Prince George. ✏️📚🏫 pic.twitter.com/8l63WEjzcw
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Eagle-eyed fans noted how proud the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked, before pointing out the striking similarities between Charlotte, four, and her great-grandmother.
One wrote: ‘What a good looking family they are. Charlotte is so like the Queen when she was her age.’
Another added: ‘Prince Charlotte arrives for her first day of school. So sweet. Charlotte is a doppelganger of Queen Elizabeth.’
While a third simply said: ‘Charlotte looks just like the Queen!’
Images of the Queen at around the same age show the pair share similar eyes, nose, cheeks and mouth – but whereas Charlotte has long, dark, straight hair, the young Elizabeth had a mass of short, fair curls.
Charlotte, who is fourth in line to the throne, spent time with her great-grandmother, whom she calls Gan Gan, during the summer when the Cambridges headed for their annual break on the Balmoral estate.
The monarch leaves out little gifts for her great-grandchildren when they come to stay.
Charlotte is the highest ranking female in line to the throne, followed by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie who are ninth and tenth in line.
Fans gushed over the confident young princess, proudly wearing her uniform, as she started her first day.
Head of the lower school Helen Haslem was waiting to greet her new pupil and shook hands with the princess, who celebrated her fourth birthday on May 2 and will be known as Charlotte Cambridge to staff and schoolmates.
Charlotte was driven to school by her father in the family’s Land Rover Discovery, arriving just after 8.15am.
She arrived just as other parents dropped off their children.
Sources told MailOnline she was ‘hugely excited’ about leaving nursery and joining George at the school where he has been ‘extremely happy’.
Her older brother, who is six, started at the school in September 2017 and is said to have settled down well there.
He is thought to be keen to act as a guide for his little sister.
Royal fans went into meltdown on social media as they reacted to the touching photos of Charlotte’s first day.
One wrote: ‘Sobbing at pictured of little Princess Charlotte starting school with her big brother.’
Another said: ‘Four years ago, I got a tweet that said the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to a girl.
‘Four years later, that little girl, Charlotte is starting her first day of school. She’s grown up so much. Good luck today, Princess Charlotte. I know you’ll be running the school in no time.’
While a third added: ‘They’re both so big! Seems like yesterday the little princess was born!’
Charlotte was also compared to other royals, with one calling her the spitting image of Princess Margaret, as well as the Queen.
Some fans were just glad to see the heartwarming photos, following a tumultuous week of political headlines.
One wrote: ‘So sweet! Finally something other than maddening and disheartening politics on my TL.’
Thomas’s Battersea, which describes itself as a Christian school, open to children of all faiths, believes in ‘praise as the greatest motivator’.
Parents are told their children will be in an atmosphere which seeks positive relationships between pupils, teachers and parents.
Art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day.
William and Kate are familiar figures at the school gate and have thrown themselves into school life, helping out at coffee mornings and cheering George on from the sidelines at sports day.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Danya Hussain