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12 times the new Princess of Wales dressed like her mother-in-law Princess Diana

Kate shares her late mother-in-law's love for fashion

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Sophie Hamilton
Sophie HamiltonParenting Editor
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In light of Queen Elizabeth's sad passing, Kate Middleton, formerly known as The Duchess of Cambridge, has taken on the role of the Princess of Wales.

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The new princess is loved for her elegant dress sense as well as her caring nature – just as the late Princess Diana and former Princess of Wales was. While Kate never met her mother-in-law, she shares many similarities with her when it comes to her personal style and there have been several times over the years when her fashion choices appeared to pay tribute to the People's Princess.

Reminisce with us as we remember all the times Kate has paid tribute to the former Princess of Wales through her beautiful style…

Red frocks


Kate is often spotted wearing pieces of Diana's jewellery, from her stunning diamond and sapphire engagement ring to the dazzling Lover's Knot tiara. But we are loving their similar red dresses!

The brunette beauty wore a ruby frock by Alessandra Rich with white polka dots and a petal pattern for the festive programme, A Berry Royal Christmas, with Mary Berry. The vintage design with a high-neck and long sleeves bore several similarities to Diana’s star-printed dress she wore to Nicholas Soames' wedding in 1981.

Ruffled collars


When Kate paid a visit to Cumbria in June 2019 wearing a ruffled collared blouse, we couldn’t help but think of a similar shirt Diana once wore. Don't the ladies look similar in their pretty blouses?

The white dress


How similar do the pair look here?! Diana wore this beautiful one-shouldered white gown to a charity ballet performance in Rio de Janeiro in April 1991. Fast forward 28 years and Duchess Kate wore a near-identical dress by Alexander McQueen to the BAFTAs AND she teamed it with earrings belonging to the late Princess. Such a sweet tribute.

Colour blocking


Kate looked stunning back in 2011 when she wore this vibrant green dress on a Royal Tour in Los Angeles. The outfit is a flattering style on the Duchess and the shade complements her skin tone perfectly. Diana also adored bright colours, and here she is in 1996 wearing a bright green dress in Kensington. Wonder if Kate had Di in mind with this look?

Polka dots


Diana was a huge fan of polka dots – as was everyone in the 80s – and the trend has seen a resurgence with mum-of-three Kate. In 1986, the mother of Princes William and Harry wore this chic black and white spotted dress to the Derby horse race. Kate donned a similar outfit during her pregnancy in 2013, looking chic in this monochrome spotty dress with black jacket at Warner Bros. Studios with Prince William.

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Pink ladies


Wow, these outfits are virtually identical. Duchess Kate wore this gorgeous bright pink dress by her favourite designer Alexander McQueen to the 2017 Trooping the Colour ceremony. Did she base her outfit choice on Diana's ensemble from her 1983 trip to Perth, Australia? The dresses even gather in the same way at the neckline. Spooky.

Military style


Another bit of fashion inspo from Diana! Kate wore this gorgeous military-inspired blouse by Alexander McQueen back in 2014, while Diana stepped out in a military-style suit by Catherine Walker in 1987.

Yellow florals


Kate looked so summery when she wore this cheerful yellow floral dress to a German market tour in July 2017. She seemed to be channelling Diana, who wore a very similar yellow patterned dress back in 1983 on her Royal Tour of Australia.

Red power suits


Nothing says 'I'm here' like a red suit. Diana stepped out in this sophisticated number in 1996 for a charity appeal at London Lighthouse. Kate paid homage to her late mother-in-law in an updated version, wowing in this tailored red suit with cute back belt. We're sure Diana would have approved.

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Houndstooth match


This is uncanny. Diana wore this black, white and red houndstooth patterned Moschino suit back in 1990 at the christening of Princess Eugenie at Sandringham. Then in January 2018, Kate stepped out in this red and white houndstooth coat by Catherine Walker on a visit to Sweden. Surely too similar to be coincidence?

Sailor chic


The sailor look was huge in the 80s and Princess Di was famed for wearing the fun style. Here she is at Kensington Palace in a navy blue dress with white collar. Many said Kate copied her style in 2011 when she sported this Alexander McQueen white sailor dress in Canada.

Team tartan


It seems customary for royals to wear tartan when they visit Scotland, and here we have both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in the regional dress on their trips to the country.

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The mother of Prince William looked elegant in this checked dress with coordinating hat at the Braemar Highland Games in 1989. Kate channelled the late Princess in January 2019, wearing this green tartan outfit.

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