12 Times Kate Middleton Channeled Princess Diana’s Epic Style

Princess Diana, known for her effortlessly chic style, set the bar of elegance high for her succeeding lady royals. That gorgeous 13-carat sapphire engagement ring isn’t the only thing the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Diana have in common. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Princess of Wales’s death, keep reading for 12 times Kate Middleton gave her late mother-in-law a sartorial nod and took a page out of her fashion playbook.

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1. White Wedding

When you enter Westminster Abbey a woman and walk out a literal princess.

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2. Scout’s Honor

The Duchess of Cambridge brought out her inner scout in an embroidered cloak and traditional Chitrali Scouts hat in Pakistan’s northern region just like Princess Diana did during her own visit. As the saying goes, royals of a feather Chitrali together.

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3. Mum's The Word

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in their public debut.

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4. Seeing Red

Talk about an on-point après-ski game. Mental note: Red looks good on everyone. Also, learn how to ski.

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5. Crème De La Crème

Diana donned a beige trench for her first trip to Wales, and Kate fur sure noticed.

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6. Reporting For Duty

These military-inspired looks are everything. We salute you!

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7. Visions In Shalwar Kameez

During Princess Diana’s 1996 visit to Pakistan, she wore a shalwar kameez, a combination of a dress and loose pants worn by women in Pakistani culture. Twenty-three years later, Duchess Catherine followed suit…or should we say shalwar kameez.

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8. Hats Off

If there’s such a thing as hat envy, we officially have it.

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9. In Black And White

If anyone can pull off polka dots like a boss, it’s ladies of royalty.

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10. Green Shoulder Pads For The Win

Kate Middleton was clearly feeling Princess Diana’s green blazer dress with shoulder pads.

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11. Royal In Blue

During her royal tour of Scotland this year, Middleton channeled her mother-in-law by sporting a blue monochrome ensemble that reminded us of the outfit worn by the Princess of Wales during a visit to the Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children back in 1992.


12. Mums The Word (again)

While introducing her third child to the world, the duchess made sure to pay tribute to Princess Di’s chic ensemble which she wore while presenting her son Harry.

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