Duchess Catherine is just like her mother Carole Middleton – and not just when it comes to looks

The similarities are uncanny.
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Duchess Catherine is one of the most watched women in the world.

Between her chic fashion sense and ability to be both regal as well as down-to-earth, the Duchess of Cambridge is something of a modern icon.

But even icons sometimes need to lean on their mums for help.

Carole Middleton and her husband Michael are proud parents not only to Duchess Catherine, but also to daughter Pippa and son James, although Carole’s genes are most evident in her eldest daughter.

When Kensington Palace uploaded a series of sweet photos in honour of Mother’s Day 2020 in the UK, fans were quick to comment at how much the young Carole looked like her daughter.

“Duchess Catherine looks so much like her mother!” one fan commented on the post.

“Duchess Kate looks exactly like her lovely mum,” another penned.

A young Carole Middleton holds baby Catherine.

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The mother-daughter duo aren’t only similar in the looks department.

Both Carole and Catherine share a love of the great outdoors, health and fitness – something that Carole’s brother, Gary Goldsmith, has remarked on his personal blog.

“Carole has always looked after herself and eaten healthily, and she has a stunning figure. That mentality of considering your diet and exercise is evident in the girls also,” he revealed, referring to Catherine and younger sister Pippa.

What’s more, Duchess Catherine leans on her mother for support even as a mum herself, with a royal source telling The Sun that after the birth of Prince Louis, the Middleton matriarch was popping in and out of Kensington Palace, helping with George and Charlotte.

“Kate already has nanny Maria, who is fantastic, but Carole’s been an amazing second pair of hands,” the source explained.

Keep scrolling to see some of Carole and Catherine’s best mother-daughter moments.

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Kate and Carole

Colour coordinated in red for Prince William’s Sandhurst graduation.

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Carole and Kate

They have the same smile!

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Kate and Carole

Catherine and Carole matched in jeans and boots at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park in 2005.

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We recognise that hat! Even a style icon like the Duchess pinches things from her mum’s wardrobe.

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Kate and Carole

On the night before Duchess Catherine’s royal wedding in 2011, the mother and daughter twinned in chic white jackets for Kate’s final night as a Middleton.

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Buckingham Palace balcony

Carole and Kate waved like pros on the Buckingham Palace balcony after the wedding service at Westminster Abbey.

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Blue dress

Duchess Catherine borrowed her mum’s blue dress for a royal outing in 2012, proving you’re never too old to borrow mum’s stuff!

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Similar style

In fact, Duchess Catherine seems to take a lot of style inspiration from her mum. Following the birth of Prince George, both Carole and Catherine wore similar printed blue dresses.

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Ascot 2017

Carole and her eldest daughter looked extra chic when they attended Royal Ascot in 2017.

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Carole Middleton Wimbledon

As a longtime tennis fan and player, Carole Middleton is a regular in the stands when Wimbledon is on.

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Kate Middleton Wimbledon

And as royal Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet club, it’s clear that Duchess Catherine has inherited her mum’s love of the sport.

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Duchess Catherine presents Novak Djokovic with the 2019 Gentlemen’s Singles trophy

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Christmas 2016

Carole Middleton is always there to lend a hand to her daughter when it comes to grandmother duties, like when she kept an eye on Princess Charlotte at the Christmas service in 2016.

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King’s Cup Regatta

Carole was also on hand at the King’s Cup Regatta in August in 2019.


Carole summer dress

Like many of us, Carole loves a summer dress – and this green wrap style she wore to Wimbledon had an uncanny familiarity to it…


Kate green dress

Yep, Kate wore a near match to her mothers while visiting Hampton Court Place in summer 2019!

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