Princess Diana‘s brother Charles Spencer has shared a rare picture of their mum to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Taking to Instagram, Earl Spencer, 56, posted sweet sepia snap of his late mother Frances Shand Kydd holding him as a baby in 1964.
In the image, which was taken when Charles was less than a week old, Frances, who died in 2004, sports a double breasted jacket and string of pearls, while baby Charles is wrapped up in a blanket.
‘Happy Mother’s Day to mothers everywhere,’ Charles captioned the image, which quickly racked up thousands of likes.
Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer has shared a rare picture of their mum to celebrate Mother’s Day
Princess Diana and her mother Frances Shand Kydd at the wedding of Chales Spencer and Victoria Lockwood in 1989
Frances – had five children with her first husband John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer – daughters Lady Sarah McCorquodale, 65, Baroness Jane Fellowes, 64, as well as Princess Diana and youngest Charles, who is now custodian of the family’s Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire.
Her first born son, John Spencer, died within ten hours of his birth on 12 January 1960.
It comes after Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis wrote letters to their ‘Granny Diana’ in heaven to mark Mother’s Day yesterday.
Kensington Palace shared sweet images of the young royals cards, which revealed ‘Papa is missing you’ and that they were ‘thinking of you always’.
The cards were shared by the Kensington Palace official Instagram account, with a sweet message encouraging those struggling with bereavement.
Noting this Mother’s Day was ‘different,’ the Palace revealed Prince William, 38, and Kate Middleton’s children write letters to their paternal grandmother each year on Mother’s Day.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis made home-made cards addressed to their ‘Granny Diana’ to mark Mother’s Day. Pictured, Princess Charlotte’s card
The cards made by the Cambridge children were adorned with flowers, hearts and rabbits. Pictured, card by Prince Louis
The cards made by the Cambridge children were adorned with flowers, hearts and rabbits – with Princess Charlotte writing: ‘Papa is missing you.’
Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five, wrote the letter themselves, while Prince Louis, who turns three in April, signed his name.
In a second post, the Duke of Cambridge shared a photograph of a very colourful cake made by his children for their mother, Kate Middleton, and a snap of Carole Middleton holding a young Kate’s hand.
Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five, wrote letter themselves, while Prince Louis, who turns three in April, signed his name
In a second post, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted a photograph of a very colourful cake made by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (pictured)
The caption read: ‘Celebrating two other special mothers today. Made by George, Charlotte and Louis.’
Elsewhere, new mum Princess Eugenie took to Instagram and shared an adorable snap of her and husband Jack Brooksbank’s son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank lying among a field of brightly coloured daffodils.
A second photograph taken in 1990 showed Sarah Ferguson holding a young Princess Eugenie, alongside a caption which read: ‘I’m so excited to be August’s mum and as you can see I’m enjoying my first Mother’s Day.
New mum Princess Eugenie shared an adorable snap of her and husband Jack Brooksbank’s son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank lying among a field of brightly coloured daffodils (pictured)
A second photograph showed Sarah Ferguson holding a young Princess Eugenie (pictured)
‘I’m also celebrating my beautiful Mumma with this picture of us from March 1990. You’ve taught me so much. Happy Mother’s Day to all,’ she wrote.
Meanwhile, Sarah Ferguson shared a collage of several photographs of her mother Susan Barrantes, who died in 1998 – and also gave a subtle nod to her grandson, August.
She wrote: ‘To my Mum, you are with me everyday and you would be so proud of your Great Grandson August. Thank you for all you taught me and the joy you showed me.’
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, 61, honoured the memory of her late mother Susan Barrantes, who died in 1998 – and also added a nod to her own daughter’s son, August
Elsewhere, the Royal Family shared a touching photograph of a young Queen, then princess Elizabeth, smiling with her mother at Royal Lodge in Windsor during WWII.
Taking to Instagram, the official Royal Family account led tributes with the sweet snap which was taken a day before Her Majesty’s fourteenth birthday, alongside a caption which read: ‘To all Mums everywhere, we wish you a very special Mother’s Day.’
The Prince of Wales, 72, also took to Clarence House’s social media page and posted a photograph of him and his mother, Her Majesty, giggling together as they exchanged a joke during the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland in 2010.
The Duchess of Cornwall, 73, also honoured the memory of her mother, the late Rosalind Shand, with a touching photograph which dates back to the 1990s.
The Prince of Waled shared a joyous picture of him and the Queen laughing at the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland in 2010 (pictured)
The Duchess of Cornwall honoured her late mother, Rosalind Shand, with a photograph which was taken of them both together in the 1990s
Earlier this year, Earl Spencer unveiled a rare painting of their mother with fans pointing out the uncanny resemblance to the late royal.
Charles stunned royal fans after sharing a portrait of his mother to mark her birthday in January, with many saying she is the ‘double’ of Princess Diana.
Posting the image on Instagram, he said the image was hung in the library at his home, explaining: ‘My mother – on this, her 85th birthday. She was born in Sandringham, Norfolk, on the very same day that King George V died – in the same parish.’
Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer, 56, who lives in Althorp House, has unveiled a rare painting of their mother – and fans have gone wild for the family resemblance
Princess Diana and her mother Frances Shand Kydd are pictured in 1993 and the Men’s Singles Wimbledon Final
Princess Diana is pictured with Prince Harry, her mother Frances Shand Kydd and her niece Eleanor Fellowes in the late 1980s
Frances was just 18 when she married Princess Diana’s father the 8th Earl Spencer Johnnie in 1954, when he was 30.
The couple divorced in 1969, with Frances losing custody of Diana, Charles and their sisters Jane and Sarah.
She tried to regain custody again in 1971 of Johnnie Spencer, but lost a second time.
Frances then remarried Peter Shand Kydd and went to live with her new husband in Scotland which earned her the nickname ‘the bolter’.
When Diana died in 1997, the staunch Catholic turned to her faith for solace when forced to grieve in the glare of a media frenzy as millions mourned the Princess.