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Princess Diana pictured at Princess Charlotte's christening: fake photo goes viral

20 August 2015
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A fake photo of the late Princess Diana standing next to the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton has gone viral. A royal fan created the image using Photoshop, and it shows Kate holding her newborn daughter Princess Charlotte at the baby's christening.

Kate is pictured walking into the St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk on Sunday 5 July, cradling her daughter in her arms.

Princess Diana, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1997, has been photoshopped into the image and is seen bending over baby Charlotte and cooing down at the little girl. Charlotte would have been Diana's second grandchild and her first granddaughter.

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The Facebook photo of Kate and Princess Diana has been shared more than 268,000 times

Diana was photoshopped from an old picture of when she met Mother Teresa in New York in June 1997 – just two months before she died. She was bending down to speak to the much-loved religious sister.

It is not yet clear who made the picture, but royal fan Mary Kohnke from the US shared it on her Facebook page. "What a great job at photoshopping ... Let's make this go viral!" she captioned the snap.

Speaking to HELLO! Online, Mary confirmed: "No I did not make the photo, I wish I knew who did. I am a fan of the royal family and it's my dream to meet them someday."

"I am shocked at the reception the picture got," she added. "I didn't think it would go viral."

The photo – which fans have called "beautiful" and "wonderful" in the comments section – has been shared more than 268,000 times on Facebook and gained more than 31,330 likes.

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Diana was Photoshopped from an image taken in June 1997, two months before her death

Diana's family and her two sons Princes William and Harry have made every effort to honour their late mum in their day-to-day life.

William and his wife Kate chose to name their first daughter, whose full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, after William's mum. Charlotte was also baptised in the same church as the late People's Princess.

The doting parents also asked celebrity photographer Mario Testino to take charge of the official christening photos.

Mr Testino, who took William and Kate's engagement pictures, famously captured Princess Diana for her Vanity Fair photoshoot in 1997. The iconic images turned out to be the last official portraits taken of Diana before her untimely death later that year.

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