From Whom Did Princes William, Harry, and Other Royals Get Their Looks?

Inheritance beyond regal titles and net worth.

Prince Michael of Kent is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as a second cousin to Prince Charles. These are just some of the first cousins of Queen Elizabeth. Prince Michael is thought to resemble the stern front of his grandfather, King George V (1865-1936), sharing the similar full beard.

From the kings and queens of the 18th century to our favorite royals of the present-day, we trace back to their royal family trees to find out the hair and facial features their predecessors have bequeathed. 

1. Lord Freddie Windsor and Louis Frederick, Prince of Wales

British financial analyst Lord Freddie Windsor, the only son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent is rather a duplicate of his five times great-grandfather, Louis Frederick, Princes of Wales (1707-1751).

2. Princess Beatrice and Queen Victoria


Princess Beatrice of York, who is seventh in the line of succession to the British throne, shares the same plump cheeks and upturned nose as her great-great-great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria (1819-1901).

3. Prince Michael and King George V

Prince Michael of Kent, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and second cousin of Prince Charles, matches the stern look and full beard of his grandfather, King George V (1865-1936).

4. Lady Louise Windsor and Queen Elizabeth II

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Many might compare Princess Charlotte to Her Majesty but Lady Louise Windsor, only daughter of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, also takes after their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, in her younger years. They both share the same love for animals, too, with the queen often photographed alongside her favored corgis, while Lady Louise is regularly seen horseback riding.

5. Princess Eugenie and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

Art gallery director Princess Eugenie of York, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, shares the same face shape, chestnut brown hair, and soft expression as her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900-2002). 

6. Prince Edward and Queen Elizabeth II


From their furrowed brows to their subtle grin, third son and youngest child Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex obviously takes after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

As for his large ears, he seems to have gotten it from his grandfather, King George VI.

7. Anne, Princess Royal, and Queen Mary

Anne, Princess Royal, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, bears a striking resemblance to her great-grandmother, Mary of Teck (1910-1936). Aside from their thin lips and stern looks, the two also seem to share a penchant for high collars and high hairstyles, too.

8. Prince William and the Windsor-Mountbatten men


Prince William’s receding hairline can be traced back to what seems to be a hair loss gene that has been passed on from generations.  

Father Prince Charles and uncle Prince Edward have obvious thinning hair, while early photos of grandfather Prince Philip reveal a mature hairline. Prince William’s great-great-great-great-grandfather Prince Albert (1819-1861) also appears to have a broad hairline.

9. Prince Harry and Lady Sarah McCorquodale

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Prince Harry was fondly called “my little Spencer”, by his mother Princess Diana of Wales, as his red hair is obviously inherited from the Spencer side of the family. Aside from their orange-red locks, Princess Diana’s elder sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale also has the same smiling eyes and ruddy complexion as her nephew.

10. Prince Charles and Prince Philip


The saying "Like father, like son" definitely applies to this last case. More than receding hairlines, another thing that father and son Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles of Wales share is their high, aquiline nose.

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