The *Other* Royal Mother’s Day Photo We All Missed While We Were Talking About Kate Middleton’s Photoshop Fail

Sorry, King Charles

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Kate Middleton recently broke her post-surgery silence by sharing a family photo in honor of Mother’s Day. This was quickly followed by a whole lot of hubbub over her use of Photoshop on the image. Amid all the excitement, we nearly missed another throwback picture posted by the royal family. 

Over the weekend, the royal family shared an old photo of King Charles and his late mom, Queen Elizabeth, to celebrate Mother’s Day. (FYI, the U.K. holiday falls on a different day than the U.S. version.)

The photo was taken back in 1985 during a polo match. It featured King Charles, 75, wearing a uniform and kissing his mother’s hand. The caption read, “Wishing all Mothers, and those who are missing their Mums today, a peaceful Mothering Sunday.” 

The picture was posted shortly after Princess Catherine, 42, shared a never-before-seen photo of herself and her three children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5.

Royal fans seemed to ignore or miss the King Charles image as all attention was paid to the princess breaking her silence. Many were initially thrilled to hear from Princess Catherine and to see a photo of her looking so well. The comments section of the post was filled with compliments and well wishes. But then questions began to arise about whether the picture was Photoshopped.

Fans and news outlets pointed out inconsistencies including Princess Catherine’s zipper, Princess Charlotte’s sleeve and Prince Louis’s sweater. This prompted the Princess of Wales to issue an apology for trying (and failing) to edit the photo. 

“Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing,” she wrote in a now-expired Instagram Story. “I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother’s Day.” She even signed the message with a “C,” which is short for Catherine.

It was a memorable Mother’s Day, to say the least.

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