Kate Middleton shared a throwback photo of her mom, Carole, holding her when she was a newborn in 1982. In honor of Mother’s Day in the U.K., the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband, Prince William, shared family photos to their official social media page.
In a sweet slideshow posted to the official Kensington Palace Instagram page, William and Kate are seen giving playful piggyback rides to their kids Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince George, 6, during a holiday in Norfolk. In addition to their lighthearted parenting pic, the couple included photos of themselves as children with their moms.
In one photo, William and his brother, Prince Harry, pose in matching blue oxford shirts and ties as they snuggle with their late mom — Diana, Princess of Wales — in the late 1980s. Duchess Kate shared a rare photo of her mom, Carole, holding her as an infant as they gaze up at a colorful, animal-themed mobile in her nursery. In the photo taken when Kate’s mom, who is now 65 years of age, was in her late 20s, Carole looks almost exactly like the duchess — other than her bob-style haircut, complete with bangs.
The couple also shared a sweet homemade Mother’s Day card that Prince George made for Kate this year.
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To mothers new and old and families spending today together and apart – we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Happy Mother’s Day ???? • 1. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children in Norfolk. 2. Diana, Princess of Wales, with her children Prince William and Prince Harry. 3. Carole Middleton with her daughter Catherine. 4. A card from Prince George to his mother this Mother’s Day. • Photos © @mattporteous / Jayne Fincher / The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
In comments to the post, followers of the royals thanked them for the photos and noted that Kate and her mother could be twins. Other commenters questioned why William’s sister-in-law Meghan Markle and his nephew Archie weren’t included in the royals’ Mother’s Day photo.
“Thank you for sharing these lovely photos! The Duchess looks so much like her beautiful mum,” one fan wrote.
“Such gorgeous photos but especially love the inclusion of Carole! Such a stunner,” another added.
“How hard would it have been to include a pic of Meghan and Archie… they’re still part of the royal family,” one follower asked.
“Why is anyone griping about [Harry & Meghan] missing? It’s their family, each of them with their mothers, and a card from their child to her??? Get the theme? Not tons of Pippa & Arthur shots but no one going on about that,” another replied
While the Middleton side of the family isn’t in the royal spotlight, Carole is a matriarch in her own right. Along with Kate, Carole is mother to her daughter Pippa and son James, and a grandmother of four: Kate and William’s kids George, Charlotte and Louis and Pippa’s son, Arthur.
Carole previously revealed that her grandchildren call her “Granny Middleton,” according to USA Today. Meanwhile, her grandson Prince George’s nickname for Queen Elizabeth is “Gan-Gan.”