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Princess Diana and Lady Kitty Spencer's Shared Sense of Style, in 16 Photos

Spencer is an up-and-coming model-but she hasn't forgotten her royal style roots.
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Two years ago, Lady Kitty Spencer—then best known as Princess Diana's niece—was asked to walk the runway in a Dolce & Gabbana show. Now, thanks to what Spencer told Town & Country was "a happy ­accident," she's an ambassador for Bulgari, and working her way up in the fashion world. Still, her style reveals that she hasn't totally left her royal ties behind. Here, 16 photos that show the shared fashion sense between the Princess of Wales and Spencer.

Princess Diana donned a sparkling blue Catherine Walker gown to a charity ball in 1989. Decades later, Lady Kitty Spencer opted for a similar look at the 2017 Walpole British Luxury Awards—albeit in a slightly lighter color.


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In the summer of 1994, Princess Diana wore a black, off-the-shoulder look by Christina Stambolian to visit London's Serpentine Gallery. Lady Kitty Spencer chose a similar dress for a dinner benefitting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. (And as the event was in partnership with Bulgari, Spencer paired it with a Bulgari Serpenti necklace.)


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Diana attended the annual Trooping the Colour parade in 1982 dressed in an emerald maternity gown, choker, and green hat. For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding, Lady Kitty Spencer chose a similarly-colored dress and fascinator.


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Princess Diana opted for a matching Versace coat and skirt during a visit to Liverpool in 1995, and finished off the look with a Dior handbag. In 2018, Lady Kitty Spencer wore a coat in a similar mustard shade to a London cocktail party.


Diana chose a patterned gown by Catherine Walker, one of her favorite designers, for a dinner in Melbourne in 1988. Years later in London, Lady Kitty Spencer opted for a blue-and-white printed dress at a London party.


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The aunt and niece have both opted for near-identical shades of all-over purple: Diana in 1997, during a visit to Washington, D.C., and Spencer to a Wimbledon party at Kensington Palace.


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The Princess of Wales wore an emerald dress to a dinner at the British Museum. For her part, Kitty Spencer chose a garment in a similar cut and color for a Bottega Veneta event at London's Chiswick House and Gardens.


Diana was photographed in a flouncy, printed dress after delivering a speech (in Welsh!) in Cardiff; decades later, Lady Kitty Spencer chose a look in the same vein for a Bulgari event.


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In 1987, Diana attended an evening event in Germany in an off-the-shoulder gown, paired with some stunning jewels. In 2018, Kitty Spencer donned a similar outfit at yet another Bulgari dinner.


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This flashback photo of Diana shows the princess attending the Back to the Future premiere, sporting a burgundy velvet dress. Lady Kitty Spencer donned a gown in a near-identical fabric for a fashion fete in 2017.


In 1997, Princess Diana donned a buttoned white dress to visit Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu temple in London. Twenty years later, Kitty Spencer wore an all-white look to the Cartier Queen's Cup Polo final.


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The Princess of Wales wore a stunning pink gown to Milan's La Scala opera house, during the 1985 royal tour of Italy. Lady Kitty Spencer also chose a layered, tie-strap look for a dinner in Rome.


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For a visit to the ballet at Royal Albert Hall, Princess Diana dressed to the nines in a floral patterned gown. Kitty Spencer chose a dress with a similar print for the 2017 Serpentine Gallery summer party. 


The Princess of Wales opted for a black dress with an off-the-shoulder collar and bow detail. Years later, Kitty Spencer revisited the look, with a high-necked twist.


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Lady Kitty Spencer and Princess Diana chose near-identical red sheath dresses—Diana to support the Red Cross in Washington, D.C., and Spencer to attend a gala in Florence, Italy.


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Nearly three decades apart, both Princess Diana and Lady Kitty Spencer donned cheetah prints. (Granted, Diana was on a beach holiday, while Spencer was attending a jungle-themed party.)


This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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