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Royal fans have been left stunned by the uncanny resemblance Prince Charles bears to a female ancestor who lived a century ago.
When it comes to his looks, The Prince of Wales is well-known for his prominent ears – a long-running joke that even prompted the Queen to say “Thank heavens he hasn’t ears like his father" when Prince William was born in 1982, My London reports.
But if there was one historical figure to look to for an idea of where Charles' genetics come from, it would certainly be Prince Philip's grandmother, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine.
Twitter user Yvette Henson took to the social media app and posted two pictures of Prince Charles alongside Princess Victoria.
She captioned the post: “It’s amazing how much Prince Charles looks like his great-grandmother (Prince Philip’s grandmother) Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine later Victoria Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven.”
Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine was born in 1863 and was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
She would go on to marry Prince Louis of Battenberg and have four children, among them Princess Alice – Prince Philip’s mother – making her Charles’ great-grandmother.
During WW1, the Battenberg family abandoned their German surname and took up the more English-sounding Mountbatten.
Princess Victoria became a widow in 1921 and ultimately ended up helping to raise and educate Prince Philip following his mother's institutionalisation and subsequent divorce.
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Prince Philip would later recall: "I liked my grandmother very much and she was always helpful.
"She was very good with children… she took the practical approach to them. She treated them in the right way – the right combination of the rational and the emotional."
Victoria spent much of her life living at Kensington Palace and died there on September 24, 1950.
She is buried next to her husband at St. Mildred's Church on the Isle of Wight.
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