Kate Middleton took 3 photos of Princess Charlotte to mark her 4th birthday, and she looks just like Princess Diana

Kensington Palace, Central Press/ Getty ImagesPrincess Charlotte and her late grandmother, Princess Diana.
  • Kensington Palace just released three new photos of Princess Charlotte to celebrate her birthday.
  • The photos were taken by Kate Middleton at Kensington Palace and their home in Norfolk.
  • In them, Charlotte bears a striking resemblance to her late grandmother, Princess Diana.
  • The young royal turns four on Thursday, May 2.
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Princess Charlotte turns four on Thursday – and to celebrate, Kensington Palace has released three new photos of the young royal.

The photos, taken by Kate Middleton in April at Kensington Palace and their home in Norfolk, certainly show how much the princess has grown.

In one of the images, Charlotte can be seen running toward the camera, holding out a flower from the garden to her mother, who stands behind the lens.

Kensington PalaceA photo of Princess Charlotte taken by Kate Middleton.

The princess is certainly not camera shy. She stole the show with her regal wave and silly faces as she posed for photos at Prince Harry’s wedding last year.

Read more: 12 photos that prove Princess Charlotte is the sassiest royal

In these new photos, however, she simply smiles sweetly for the camera.

Kensington PalacePrincess Charlotte.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share three new photos of Princess Charlotte ahead of her fourth birthday,” the palace said in a statement.

Charlotte, who was last photographed at Princess Eugenie’s wedding back in October, has been compared to numerous royal family members since the photos were released on Wednesday, from Her Majesty the Queen to her father, Prince William.

Kensington PalaceCharlotte celebrates her fourth birthday on May 2.

One family member Charlotte bares a striking resemblance to is her late grandmother, Princess Diana.

Below is a photo of Diana at the same age as Charlotte, taken in 1965. Her facial features are almost identical to the young royal’s.

Young Princess DianaCentral Press/ Getty ImagesPrincess Diana in 1965, age four.

Meanwhile, Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English compared the youngster to the late Queen Mother, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

Even fictional characters were brought up in the debate, with CNN royal commentator Victoria Arbiter claiming that “Harry Potter” character Hermione Granger is Charlotte’s doppelganger.

It’s not the first time Middleton has put her photography skills to good use.

Just last week, the palace released photos taken by the duchess of her youngest child, Prince Louis, to celebrate his first birthday.

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