A stunning set of new side-by-side photographs show how the current Royal Family look exactly like their ancestors.
The British Monarchy itself can trace its background back centuries, to the early petty kingdoms in Anglo-Saxon England and medieval Scotland. Since the early Saxon kings there have been 61 monarchs including the Queen today.
The current House of Windsor lot have officially been in charge since 1917 when George V changed the name of the old House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Our royals today are directly related to the Hanoverian royals, who first came to power in 1714 with George I.
The Queen’s grandmother Mary, consort of George V, shares extremely similar facial features and hair with the current monarch, which is particularly noticeable when looking at them at similar ages.
As well as having a striking resemblance to his great-grandfather George VI, Prince William’s close eyes, nose and mouth appear to be copy-and-pasted from Prince Albert, his four times great grandfather.
In his later years, King George VI also looked scarily like grandson Prince Edward with the pair sharing similar eyes. In fact, the royal genes seem to kick in after one generation in several cases, with Prince Michael and grandfather George V sporting the same grizzly beards.
The eldest child of Prince Edward, Lady Louise Windsor, is another example of this pattern. The 17-year-old has the nose and mouth of her grandmother, the Queen, when she was a similar age, although Lady Louise’s hair is fairer.
However, some of the royal likenesses span across far more generations.
Possibly the most striking resemblance of all is that of Queen Victoria and her great-great-great-great-granddaughter Princess Beatrice. Beatrice was even named after Victoria’s youngest and favourite child and has clearly inherited the great Queen’s facial structure.
Freddie Windsor outdoes her still, matching the sunken eyes and jaw of his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather of the same name, Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707-1751).
Freddie’s sister, Lady Gabriella, misses out on equalling the record by one generation with the long facial structure she shares with four times great-grandmother Queen Charlotte, consort of George III.
Edward VII, Charles’ great-great-grandfather and historic doppelgänger, shared his likenesses long wait for the throne as heir apparent for almost 60 years.
Although Princess Eugenie shares her older sister’s rounded face, the Queen Mother is a far better likeness than Queen Victoria. The pair have strikingly similar hair, right down the position of the parting.
Yet Princess Anne does share her sister’s likeness, with Queen consort Mary.
Mary looked like Elizabeth far more in her early years, but her older snaps bear a resemblance to the younger sister’s small features and short hair.
Stranger still, extremely young photos of Mary look undeniably like a young Prince Harry! The pair share a similar frown, eyes and messy locks, meaning that Mary surely had the most powerful genes of any royal.
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