Prince Louis struck royal fans as ‘mini-Kate’ – but others believe he looks like his uncle

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PRINCE LOUIS’S resemblance with the Middletons sent social media into a meltdown, with royal fans becoming more and more convinced the little Cambridge is a “mini-Kate”.

Royals arrive at Buckingham Palace for Christmas lunch

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, was spotted arriving at the Christmas party hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. The smiling royal drove her car through the gates of the London palace, waving at well-wishers and photographers gathered in The Mall. 

But the attention of many fell on her two younger children sitting in the back seats – Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – and how her little son has taken after the Middletons.

Many took to Instagram and Twitter to compare pictures of Kate as a child and Prince Louis, finding similarities in their hair and eyebrows.

One wrote on Instagram: “He’s literally ‘mini-Kate’, he looks so much like her!” 

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Prince Louis is 18 months old and was born in April 2018 (Image: GETTY)

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Kate was spotted arriving at the Christmas party at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

Another added: “How cute is he! He has Kate’s hair.”

Others, however, believe that while Kate and Louis indeed share similarities, the resemblances between the little Cambridge and Kate’s brother, James Middleton, are uncanny.

One wrote: “He looks like James Middy and no one can tell me otherwise.”

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Some royal fans believe Prince Louis looks exactly like James Middleton (Image: TWITTER)

A fan account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, publishing on Twitter a snap of Louis in his mother’s car and a picture of James as a toddler, added: “Middleton genes are strong”.

Another simply stated Prince Louis has taken after the Middletons, saying: “Omg such a big boy!!!! And what a Middleton!”

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Prince William driving away from Buckingham Palace with Kate, George, Charlotte and Louis (Image: PA)

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Prince Louis is the youngest son of Kate and William (Image: GETTY)

This lunch is a cherished tradition, which allows members of the Queen’s extended family to wish each other a merry Christmas before the monarch leaves for her winter break in Sandringham.

Among those in attendance there were Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Mike and Zara Tindall and Prince Andrew.

Prince George and Prince William also arrived at the palace, but in a different car than Kate, Charlotte and Louis.   

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Kate and William married in April 2011 (Image: EXPRESS)

After the lunch, the Cambridges left together in the same car.

They are expected to reunite with the Queen once again on Christmas Eve, when they will arrive at Sandringham House to spend Christmas Day with the monarch and Prince Philip.

Notable absentees at the lunch were Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Archie Harrison.

The Sussexes are on a six-week break from public duties started in mid-November, and they are widely believed to be abroad.

And, as announced by their spokesperson in November, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend Christmas with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. 

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James Middleton is Kate’s only brother (Image: GETTY)

This means the family-of-three won’t be expected at Sandringham next week.

The spokesperson said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month.

“Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, [the couple] will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria.

“This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”     

Source: EXPRESS CO UK