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As Prince Louis celebrates his third birthday, eagle eyed fans have realised just how similar he looks to Kate Middleton’s dad, Michael.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released an adorable photograph of their three-year-old son on his first day of nursery to mark the special occasion, with the young royal grinning into the camera as he poses on a £200 red balance bike.
“Three tomorrow!” they captioned the image with a bike and red balloon emoji. “Taken earlier this week by The Duchess before he left for his first day of nursery, The Duke and Duchess are pleased to share a new image of Prince Louis.”
Prince Louis rides a bike on first day of nursery in new photo taken by mum Kate to mark 3rd birthday
Prince Louis 'to be spoilt rotten' by Kate Middleton and Prince William as he celebrates 3rd birthday
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Royal fans went wild for the new snap of the young royal, with it garnering a whopping 1.3million likes. And it didn’t take long for some to point out the striking resemblance between the popular prince and his grandfather, Michael Middleton, 71.
Taking to Twitter one royal enthusiast wrote: “I see a lot of Michael Middleton’s features in Prince Louis, Diana in Prince George and HM The Queen in Princess Charlotte.
“It’s how three children from the same parents can all look so different I find intriguing,” they added.
“What a gorgeous little boy he is! William and Catherine have the most gorgeous and happy children,” another added, “very much like Michael Middleton isn’t he.”
While another onlooker simply gushed: “He looks like his grandfather Michael Middleton, sweet boy.”
Royal fans aren't the only ones to notice the strong Middleton resemblance in little Louis', with his mum Kate has also having pointed it out in the past.
"He’s the only one who looks anything like me," she once said to a friend.
The Duchess also beamed a proud smile to onlookers who commented on how much Louis looked like her dad back in December last year while they were walking a red carpet at The London Palladium.
The adorable picture of the young royal was taken by The Duchess, which has become a new royal tradition set out by Prince William and his family.
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And while the snap showed him on his first day at nursery, he will most likely be in the company of his parents and his older siblings Prince George, seven and Princess Charlotte, five today as they celebrate him turning three.
Speaking ahead of Prince Louis' third birthday, an expert revealed how the young royal will be "spoilt rotten" by his parents.
"The third child tends to attract lots of attention and can be very much doted on by their parents, especially if they don’t intend to have any more children,” said psychologist Emma Kenny. “I’m sure Louis’ birthday will be a lovely family affair and Kate will spoil her ‘baby’ rotten.
"She might feel a little sad that she can’t give Louis what his siblings had when they turned three due to Covid restrictions, so I think she’ll do everything she can to make it a super special occasion.”
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