Kate Middleton shares new heartwarming baby photo of family’s ‘smiles and memories’


Kate, Princess of Wales, launched a new campaign focused on early childhood development earlier this week.

Kate as a baby playing with Michael Middleton's face

Carole Middleton took this picture of baby Kate and Michael Middleton (Image: CAROLE MIDDLETON/PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES TWITTER)

The Princess of Wales shared a deeply personal picture showing herself as a baby. In the photograph, taken by her mother Carole Middelton, baby Kate can be seen smiling happily while playing with the face of her father Michael, who holds her with his hands.

The tweets, which she signed off with her name’s initial, C, read: “‘Faces are a baby’s best toy’.

“On Tuesday we launched #ShapingUs to raise awareness of the vital role our early years play in shaping the rest of our lives.

“This weekend, we’d love for you all to spend time with your friends, families, colleagues and communities talking about your early childhoods and how they’ve shaped your lives.

Kate speaking with Roman Kemp

Kate discussed mental health and early childhood with Roman Kemp (Image: PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES/TWITTER)

“I hope you’ll also consider joining me in sharing a picture of yourselves before your fifth birthday to help with those conversations and to share some smiles and memories too.”

The message was welcomed by many social media users, who promptly shared their own pictures as babies.

Others noted just how much Prince Louis, the Prince and Princess of Wales’ younger child, look like his mother.

Twitter user Anne (@ttokinami) wrote: “Catherine and Louis are twins!”

A Twitter user with the nickname Countess (@Countesschecks) wrote: “Aww that’s Louis right there”.

Kate smiling while speaking with students and university staff

Kate headed to Leeds to launch Shaping Us (Image: GETTY)

The Princess of Wales explains why new campaign ShapingUs is crucial

Kate’s personal tweets come just days after she launched a new campaign part of her legacy-making work on early childhood development.

Called Shaping Us, the initiative aims at further deepening the understanding Britons have of the importance of experiences and teaching lived through in the first five years in the life of children for their future health and happiness.

The launch of Shaping Us was accompanied by the release of a 90-claymation film showing the first years of a child called Layla.

Kate smiling in a red outfit

Kate launched Shaping Us on Tuesday (Image: GETTY)

Later this week, Kensington Palace released another video showing Kate visiting a school in Bethnal Green, London, to meet a few children aged under five and watch the short film with them.

She later discussed with the adorable boys and girls some of the issues raised by the film, including the importance of caring adults for the development of children.

The launch of Shaping Us was further promoted with an official visit to Leeds, where Kate discussesd the importance of the early years with locals, business people and students as well as with clips in which she was joined by A-listers.

One, released on Friday, showed an intimate conversation between the Princess and mental health campaigner Roman Kemp.


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