Charles Spencer’s Grandma Poses Just Like Princess Diana in Rare Throwback Photo

Strong genes aren't the only thing that Princess Diana inherited from her grandmother.

Eight months after her brother, Charles Spencer, posted a charcoal sketch of Cynthia Spencer, who looked like a carbon copy of the Princess of Wales, the 57-year-old writer shared a vintage snap of their grandmother, and it's hard to miss the infamous head tilt—one of Diana's most popular go-to poses. Spencer wrote in the caption, "My grandparents enjoying their tea ‘al fresco’ at Althorp, in 1944. Photograph taken by my father whilst on leave from military training."

In the black-and-white pic, Cynthia and her husband, Albert Spencer, enjoy their tea outdoors at a small table. Albert strikes a dignified pose as he looks toward the camera. Meanwhile, Cynthia, who's seated on a bench with her legs crossed, has her head tilted towards her husband, and fans couldn't help but call out the similarity to Princess Di.

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In the comments, one fan said, "Wow this is an amazing photo. Your grandmother reminds me so much of Diana." Another fan pointed out, "Diana is so much like your grandmother."

The throwback pic comes just a few weeks after the 9th Earl Spencer hosted a ceremony for recipients of The Diana Award’s Legacy Award—a prestigious accolade for those who deserve recognition for their humanitarian work. Per People, he revealed in a statement, "I've always been delighted that my sister's name has been the catalyst behind the brilliant Diana Award, and to have the Legacy Award Ceremony at our family home seems not only very fitting but also rather wonderful. I chaired the selection of the winners, so I’m aware how truly admirable their achievements are. This will be a celebration of these exceptional young people, but also, of course, of Diana herself."

Something tells us that Countess Spencer would be proud.

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