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Kate Middleton's Photo of Queen Elizabeth Surrounded by Royal Children Was Manipulated, Photo Agency Says

This comes just after photo experts found at least 16 editing errors in Kate's Mother's Day picture

<p>Princess of Wales/Kensington Palace via Getty</p> Queen Elizabeth family portrait

Princess of Wales/Kensington Palace via Getty

Queen Elizabeth family portrait

Kate Middleton has come under scrutiny once again for allegedly altering a family photo that was released by the palace.

The image in question is a portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that was taken by Kate and released by Buckingham Palace on what would have been the monarch's 97th birthday in April 2023.

Although the photo has been public for nearly a year, on Monday, Getty Images announced the picture had been manipulated.

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“Getty Images has reviewed the image in question and placed an editor’s note on it, stating that the image has been digitally enhanced at source,” a Getty spokesperson told The Telegraph.

The Princess of Wales, 42, snapped the picture during a family trip to Balmoral the summer prior.

Seen seated with the Queen, who sat in the middle of a green sofa, are William and Kate’s kids — son Prince George, 10, daughter Princess Charlotte, 8, and son Prince Louis, 5 — with their royal cousins.

“Several inconsistencies” were highlighted by The Telegraph, including a vertical line where the tartan of the late Queen’s skirt does not match and a digital repetition of Mia Tindall’s hair.

The outlet pinpointed and zoomed in on six different discrepancies.

<p>The Prince and Princess of Wales/Instagram</p> Kate Middleton Mother's Day photo

The Prince and Princess of Wales/Instagram

Kate Middleton Mother's Day photo

Monday’s news comes just after photo experts found at least 16 editing errors in the Mother’s Day photo with Kate and her kids that she shared on social media to celebrate the holiday in the U.K. earlier this month.

Some of the noticeable mistakes found in the March 10 photo included Princess Charlotte's hair being oddly cut off, indents and distortions and Princess Kate's hair appearing to be airbrushed.

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Kate later shared an apology via social media for the controversy the edited image caused.

"Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing. 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 wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on March 11.

Instagram also flagged the image, adding a warning that the post had been "altered" from its original version.

<p>Samir Hussein/WireImage</p> Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales; November 2023

Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales; November 2023

That same week, the Prince of Wales, 41, showed his support for his wife during an outing to celebrate the opening the new youth zone WEST in Hammersmith, west London.

As William decorated a cookie, a voice off-camera complimented his design skills in a video shared to the BBC’s Instagram account.

"No, it's really not impressive," William replied. "My wife is the arty one. And my children are more arty than I am."

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