Is this how the grown up royal baby will look? Genetic trends used to predict appearance of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's child
Dark brown wavy hair, twinkling blue eyes with a 'royal' hook-shaped nose - this is how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby could look as an adult according to researchers.
Nickolay Lamm, and graphic designer Nikolett Mérész created these images of how a son or daughter of Prince William and Kate could look based on genetic trends.
They consulted Jenny Chen, a graduate student from the Broad Institute of Harvard-MIT, which is dedicated to genetics/genomics research, on what traits the child is likely to inherit from its royal parents.
Her predictions on the following facial features are based on the general genetic trends noted by scientists...
It's 50 per cent likely they will be blue according to Jenny. She explains that as Kate has green eyes she is likely to carry the the brown and blue eye genes. Meanwhile Prince William's eyes are blue. As a result, William will definitely pass on the blue eye gene while Kate could pass on either the blue or brown eye gene. If the baby gets a blue eye gene from both, they will have blue eyes. But if they get one brown eye gene from Kate and and one blue gene from William, brown is dominant so they will have green or brown eyes.
When it comes to the eye shape, Jenny predicts they will be almond like Kate's as this shape is dominant over round.
Darker hair is dominant so their son or daughter is most likely to inherit Kate's brown locks. Jenny adds: 'There is a 25 per cent chance that Kate is carrying a 'blond hair' gene that is being masked by her 'brown hair' gene, which gives their children a 12.5 per cent chance of actually being blond/strawberry blond like William.'
Curly hair is dominant over straight hair so the child is likely to inherit Kate's waves.
When it comes to their hairline, both the Duke and Duchess have straight hairlines across their foreheads (no widow's pea