Kate shares a baby photo of her smiling with her father

The Princess of Wales has shared a family photograph of her as a baby, smiling happily and clutching her father’s face.

The words “faces are a baby’s best toy” come with the cherished image along with the description “with daddy, for mommy”.

Kate, 41, who was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, is just a baby in a sundress in the photo taken with her father Michael Middleton by her mother Carole.

It was released after Kate launched her Shaping Us campaign on Tuesday to raise awareness of the vital role our early years play in shaping the rest of our lives.

A series of tweets, which he signed with the initial of his name, C, read: “This weekend, we would love for everyone to spend time with their friends, family, colleagues and communities talking about their early childhood and how I have shaped your lives.

“I hope you’ll also consider joining me in sharing a photo of yourselves before your fifth birthday to help with those conversations and share some smiles and memories too.”

This week Kate said her early years campaign goes beyond “raising children” and is also about “shaping our society” and creating a “more enriching world”.

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The Princess of Wales with radio host Roman Kemp, (Kensington Palace/PA)

Speaking to radio presenter Roman Kemp, Kate said that highlighting the importance of early childhood was not about putting “extra pressure” on parents, but saying they needed “help to re-prioritise family life”.

The Shaping Us initiative, is a campaign described as “her life’s work” and aims to raise the profile of the crucial period of a child’s development, from pregnancy to five years.

The campaign is supported by a number of famous people, including rapper Professor Green, presenter Fearne Cotton, former Saturday singer Rochelle Humes and Lionesses captain Leah Williamson.

Kate’s comments to Kemp were filmed last month on the grounds of the Hertfordshire home of the parents of Capital FM presenter, Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp and singer Shirlie Holliman.

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Michael Middleton walks his daughter, then known as Kate Middleton, down the aisle inside Westminster Abbey, London (Jon Bond/PA)

She tells the Capital breakfast show host: “It’s not just about raising kids.

“This is about shaping our future, shaping our society, creating a happier, healthier, more enriching world for all of us to live in.”

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