Prince George & Princess Charlotte gave toothy grins before school in a new photo

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted this lovely photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte yesterday. The photo was taken at Kensington Palace, just before William and Kate did the drop off. I love everything about it – I love Charlotte’s arm around her brother, squeezing his waist, while you can make out that George has his arm around Lottie too. I love their little toothy grins and Charlotte’s general vibe of fearlessness. I’d still be willing to bet that her ponytail didn’t even make it through her first hour of school. And I still say that Prince George basically looks like Joe Alwyn entirely. Taylor Swift is engaged to a six-year-old British prince.

I’m including more photos from the school-walk below. I’m starting to get a real vibe of George and Charlotte’s relationship and how it probably mimics Prince Charles and Princess Anne’s relationship. Charles always adored his sister for her boldness and easy-going nature. I suspect that George is probably more like Charles too – a bit quiet, shy and reserved. I bet George comes out of his shell A LOT now that Charlotte goes to the same school.

Oh, and it didn’t take long for those “Kate is cosplaying Diana!” stories to appear. To her credit, Kate did not copy Diana’s outfit from William or Harry’s first day of school. But… Kate did copy one of Diana’s outfits to an almost eerie degree:

Princess Charlotte is spotted on her first day of School in London!

Princess Charlotte is spotted on her first day of School in London!

Princess Charlotte is spotted on her first day of School in London!

Photos courtesy of Backgrid and Kensington Palace.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    That picture is really cute. honestly, I enjoyed seeing that picture more than the actual arrival video. I think you get more of a vibe for their relationship, even though its a still picture.

    I’ll admit yesterday when I first saw Kate’s dress, I immediately thought “wonder how long before someone digs up a Diana dress like this.” I have thoughts but people always jump down my throat about them. So…..I’ll just say I was not surprised to see that it was a Diana look.

    • andrea says:

      It’s certainly a very 80s look isn’t it? There’s a way to look more modern without being flashy, too revealing etc. Surely she has stylists? Her mother does a better job with her outfit selections.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      It would’ve been a perfect day for some casual slacks, low heels, and a longer sleeved shirt or T-top, with a 3/4 sleeve jacket.

      • AnnaKist says:

        I’ve said on here before how this duchess is the spitting image of one of my close friends. They’re both tall and willowy, same colouring, same shape, same smile, same eyes, but my friend now has shorter hair. The photo of the duchess in the Smyth blazer and ruffle-front blouse looks exactly like my friend when she went to work as a bank manager. I just called her and sent her a screen shot. We chortled, even though she says she can’t see the resemblance…what?! All that sea air and salt must have affected her eyesight. Thanks for the link!

    • Nahema says:

      I’m starting to think that actually Kate might really like Diana style dresses. The patterns, style and collar of dresses that she goes for are all quite 80’s

  2. Lukie says:

    I never thought Charlotte looked like her daddy until seeing that header pic of her smiling WOW!!!! She is a brown eyed, brown haired him but not him as a little kid; it’s him now in cute little girl size!

    • FHMom says:

      All I see is QE2. I don’t understand how others don’t see it.

      • Prairiegirl says:

        Yeah, me too.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I have been saying the thing for years. Put a grey wig on Charlotte and you would get a mini-me.

      • Joy says:

        She is a QE2 twin. It’s weird she doesn’t look like the queen as a child. But she looks like the queen as an adult.

      • leachglasses says:

        Joy, that’s exactly it.

      • Deedee says:

        She’s a Pippa clone. Look at pics of Pippa as a little girl. The queen did not look like Char as a child. It’s easy enough to see what you want to see, but when you bring up the photos, there’s no resemblance. Try Sarah Chatto, though. She’s the queen’s mini me.

      • Fluffy Princess says:

        All I see is the Queen, as well. 100%. I think George is a mix of Spencer and Middleton and that Louis looks just like Kate’s dad.

      • VintageS says:

        Same here. They are such cute kids and seem really sweet with each other. Nice to see.

      • Megan says:

        Put a grey wig on George and you’d have Michael Midd.

      • Justanothersarah says:

        Same. QE2, but with extra personality that flashes in her eyes.

    • Amide says:

      @Lukie 👍👍👍
      All I see is William too.
      It’s getting more evident as Char gets bigger.
      I will add, I don’t think her eyes are brown.

    • Other Renee says:

      Lukie, I noticed it too! And I had never seen William in her before but in that photo, the resemblance is striking.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      I usually see the queen’s face in Charlotte’s face, but in that photo, I had the same reaction as you–that’s William’s face! It’s his eyes and eyebrows and his smile.

    • Birdie says:

      @Lukie: Charlotte has blue eyes.

  3. MarcelMarcel says:

    Did Kate cosplay Diana or are long sleeved pink floral dresses common and in vogue? Like I suspect she has intentionally dressed like Diana in the past but this doesn’t seem like the strongest example.

    • fifee says:

      Flowery dresses are en vogue atm. Marks and Spencer ads keep popping up in my Facebook feed and at first I thought the dress Kate has on was an M&S one because in my tiny mind its remarkably similar in style and colour to the one in the ad.

    • lucy2 says:

      That was my thought too, dresses like that are not unusual. The comparison is kind of silly.

      The kids are adorable!

      • MarcelMarcel says:

        I have to confess to not wearing florals because I feel like Miranda Priestly ‘Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.’
        But I do feel like I’ve noticed lots of women wearing them lately.

      • Lexa says:

        This dress style + floral pattern has been popular for a while now, so I rolled my eyes a bit at the Diana comparison. I think it’s more obvious she was color-coordinating with the rest of her family.

    • Elisa says:

      hmmm, the dresses are similar…but all I can see is how unhappy Diana looks in this pic.

    • Enn says:

      Florals have been big for the past couple of years and are still going strong, especially small scale 90s styles.

      I don’t think this instance is Diana cosplay.

    • Becks1 says:

      At this point, its just funny (weird, but funny.) If there weren’t 10000 other instances of her cosplaying Diana, and it had only been a handful of times, I would be on board with the idea that this is sheer coincidence and not a big deal. But considering Kate’s pattern of copying Diana…..I would be really surprised if it was a coincidence.

      (for the record I still don’t think its a “big deal” in itself. I just find it funny and weird, but its not something that signals the end of the monarchy or whatever.)

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Becks1, Please take out your camera and get a screen shot of my post as I am going to take up for Cathy.

        The Michael Kors dress looks like Diana cosplay because both Cathy and Diana are tall, slim and to some degree long waisted, therefore they wear clothes the same way. The only real big difference between Cathy & Diana is breast size with regards to how clothes hang on them.

        If Meghan or Sophie or Zara wore the Michael Kors dress no one would see Diana cosplay because Meghan, Sophie & Zara wear their clothes differently than Diana-Cathy.

      • leachglasses says:

        I’ve often wondered if William quite likes her to wear things that remind him of his mother and what she wore when he was young, but I guess it’s better to imagine she’s doing something people don’t like.

      • Nic919 says:

        I think it always looks like cosplay because she dresses like her mother Carole who is the same generation and roughly same age as Diana would be. If Kate dressed like most other 38 year old women in the UK she would be wearing way more trousers and fewer buttony girly outfits.

      • Le4Frimaire says:

        I think she is very studious about what she wears, even the frumpy coat dresses. Why she dresses so much like Diana is kind of weird to me but whatever works for her. I don’t find her remotely interesting but she looked cute, dress looks like Boden , and the kids are very cute in their uniforms.

    • Himmiefan says:

      Yes similar dresses, but no, not copying Diana. Beautiful dress anyway.

    • Maria says:

      After her dressing Louis in the exact same shirt Harry wore when he was his age and the other examples of her dressing like Diana and dressing George and Louis like Diana dressed William and Harry, I’m sure she is cosplaying Diana at this point.
      She wears a ton of Catherine Walker, Diana’s designer – who is now deceased, and whose husband recycles old designs Diana liked for Kate.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “After her dressing Louis in the exact same shirt Harry wore when he was his age”

        This happens quite a bit in the USA, specifically The South, where families buy expensive children’s clothes or the clothes are hand made and they are handed them down generation to generation.

        My grandmother hand-made me a dress when I was three years old. This hand-made dress is still in circulation in my family because “granny made it” and is currently in the closet of a great-great granddaughter whose mother will pass it on to another female family member when her daughter outgrows it..

      • Maria says:

        Ok but why don’t they just save the shirt for Archie? It was on the Trooping the Colour appearance when William and Kate stood on the opposite end of the balcony from Harry and Meghan and it’s just weird.

      • leachglasses says:

        Archie can still wear the shirt when it fits.

        Also where do you think the Cambridges got the shirt in the first place?

      • Maria says:

        I didn’t say anything about it causing or being part of a rift, if that’s what you’re implying. I said it’s weird, which I stand by, considering the brothers are feuding.

      • leachglasses says:

        Actually that’s a good point, I’ve seen numerous people point out that shirt was worn by William first, but never seen Maria respond to the many people pointing that out.

      • Maria says:

        LOL leachglasses, calm down. I have a life, and can’t always respond in the first five minutes. Hadn’t seen that photo, feel free to post it to me and thank you 🙂 and leachglasses, I hadn’t seen “numerous people pointing it out”, have only seen the one here, and I suspect you are exaggerating.

      • leachglasses says:

        Well, you bring it up quite often, and every time you do, people point out that William wore it too. So I was just wondering if you were ignoring the people that say that or were unhappy with the fact.

      • Maria says:

        I believe I’ve brought it up twice?
        And no, people don’t often do that, and if they had, I’d acknowledge that. You just seem to be defensive about the Cambridges. And weirdly fixated on me.

      • leachglasses says:

        Not quite, love.

      • Nic919 says:

        It’s always the newer handles who come in on the defensive when the obvious is pointed out. First let’s stop pretending the royals are poor and they provide hand me downs. They don’t do that. William and Harry weren’t wearing Charles’s old clothing as kids. It’s only Kate doing this. Sophie doesn’t dress her kids like that during trooping and neither does Autumn Phillips.

        Meghan is unlikely to care about the clothing Harry wore as a kid because she’s going to do what Sophie, Autumn and the others do, which is dress them in clothing without trying to evoke Diana’s memory.

      • Joanna says:

        I agree w you Maria, it’s weird. A royal handing down outfits is hard for me to swallow.

    • leachglasses says:

      Wow I can’t believe Kate found and wore the only floral dress in existence, thereby copying Princess Di, that’s wild.

      • Lady D says:

        There are over a decade’s worth of pics showing Kate cosplaying Diana. It’s not so unusual to think this is another of those episodes.

  4. lillibet says:

    Kate is just so strange to me. I don’t even know what to say beyond that.

    The kids are adorable and seem close. I think Charlotte has William’s face. It reminds me of George W. Bush and Jenna Bush where she has his face but her mom’s face shape and I notice it every time I see a picture.

  5. minx says:

    Very cute kids.

  6. Elisa says:

    aaaaw, George looks like a little vampire, too cute. And Charlotte has so much spark. Wonderful pic!

  7. oedipa says:

    George is giving me strong Papa Middleton vibes, and now I can’t unsee it. I’ve always thought Charlotte looks just like QEII, but I definitely am starting to see William in her, too.

  8. Evil Owl says:

    It’s fair to say both Duchesses take style inspiration from their glamourous late mother-in-law. The most striking one I have seen on the internet is a picture of Meghan in Africa a little while before she met Harry not only wearing the same white shirt with sunglasses pinned down the front and tucked into a black skirt but also striking the exact same hands on the hips pose that Diana did on one of her own African tours. There are also other very similar looks on various sites that have side by side ensemble comparisons with Diana of both Kate & Meghan.

    • Gingerbread says:

      Yeah, I agree. I’ve seen both do it.

      But I’m not seeing it with this dress. Apparently floral dresses are only a Diana thing now?

      • Evil Owl says:

        I would say this is more a Diane Von Furstenburg look than a Princess Diana look but purely for the sake of gossip, it’s fun to think she’s channelling Di 😀

  9. noway says:

    Adorable, and I also love their arms around each other. No pony tail didn’t last long. Wish they did a before and after school first day pic, probably would have been great!!! Kate looks like she has sense of humor about her kids, maybe she would have done that who knows probably not very royal to share.

    The dress apparently is a redo. She wore this same dress to Harry and Meghan’s rehearsal or something like that. There are a couple of stories out there about it. Kate’s height and slim build makes her a natural for following some of Diana’s style. I wish she would follow her a bit more to be honest, but not sure this dress is really a great example of that. It’s just a nice floral printed dress.

  10. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    How cute are these kids? I agree, that ponytail probably didn’t make it through the day. My daughters’ never do. Even French braids have a tendency to come loose on my youngest, though she has fine, thin hair that doesn’t hold anything but knots in it. *eyeroll*

    George’s little toothless grin is adorable.

  11. Charfromdarock says:

    All I can see is a mini QEII in Charlotte.

  12. Rogue says:

    What a cute photo!

  13. Miley_Serious says:

    Kate is starting to look like Carole Middleton, even without the new ‘dew. I guess the “pressure” of monarchy will age you.


    Those kids look exactly like their father. Cute, but I see 100% William.

  14. chlo says:

    Just came here to say that Charlotte looks a lot like Princess Anne in that photo of her and George! They are very cute!

  15. MellyMel says:

    Cute kids! George is gonna be so tall.

  16. Scal says:

    They are growing so fast! Super cute, and yes that ponytail was gone by the end of the day. I imagine they’ll need new sweaters soon to-already snug in the arms-hard to believe how fast they grow.

  17. AnnaKist says:

    That is such a cute photo of the two mini royals. I can’t believe Charlotte is now at school amd George has already been there for a couple of years! Bloody hell. Time is flying. 🕰

  18. Burdzeye View says:

    Lovely kids…I’d like to see Kate and William starting to introduce them to the life of the country and to the public in the way the European royals do …see Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Spain…

  19. ME says:

    How is a child supposed to carry those huge school bags? My God what’s in them lol?

    • Evil Owl says:

      Here in the UK, it’s common to carry along your reading books, PE kit and swimming kit on your first day back at primary school. My son went back to school yesterday and it honestly looked like he was moving houses.

  20. Nicegirl says:

    Great photo.

    I cannot imagine taking my kids to school in those heels. Good grief.

  21. YankLynn says:

    After these pics I did go to the school’s website because I cant make out what that big red logo is on their sweaters. I didn’t find an answer but I did see that long hair is required to be tied back so probably why Charlotte has a ponytail that she’s not used to. Or didn’t really want – the way she flicked it all the way in the door to school made me laugh.

  22. Mary Morrish says:

    Gorgeous children. Kate looks amazing.

  23. Feeshalori says:

    Lovely photo of the children, l hope they always retain that closeness throughout their lives.
    And IMO, if anyone is cosplaying Diana it’s Charlotte with the downward tilt of her head. So reminiscent of her grandmother Diana. And to me, Charlotte looks like Lady Sarah Chatto.