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45 Times Kate Middleton Dressed Like Princess Diana

Impeccable taste seems to be a royal family trait.
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Though they never met, Princess Diana and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, have more in common than simply marrying into the Windsor family. Like her late mother-in-law before her, Kate has influential taste, setting the tone for stately dressing worldwide.

Now, more than 20 years after her tragic death, Diana's unique sartorial sense remains relevant, particularly because the Duchess of Cambridge has a knack for referencing and reinventing the outfits that the Princess of Wales once wore, giving them new life and a modern twist. See here all of the times Kate dressed like her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

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For her second day of the official tour of Pakistan (October 15), the Duchess of Cambridge wore a cobalt blue kurta and trousers, similar to a blue and gold kurta that Princess Diana once wore while visiting the region in the '90s.

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On October 15, 2019, Middleton chose a green tunic coat designed by Catherine Walker, which she paired with Maheen Khan cream trousers and a patterned green scarf from Satrangi. This was reminiscent of a kelly green dress that Princess Diana wore on her trip to the region.

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The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Pakistani Air Force Base Nur Khan on October 14, 2019, wearing a custom watercolor blue Catherine Walker dress and pants, echoing a similar teal outfit that her later mother-in-law wore on her official visit to the country.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked lovely in a pink floral frock while dropping off Princess Charlotte to her first day of school on September 5, 2019, similar to a number that Princess Diana wore to drop off Prince Harry at school in 1992.

Diana wearing a tweed topper and matching skirt while on her honeymoon in Scotland in August 1981; Kate in a Dubarry Bracken tweed jacket for an appearance at King Henry's Walk Garden on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

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Diana is seen here in a red tartan skirt suit by Caroline Charles in 1985; Kate appears in an A-line Emilia Wickstead skirt at a Christmas party for military families in London on December 4, 2018.


Diana in purple Versace at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in June 1996; Kate wearing Issa to celebrate National Canada Day in July 2011.


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Princess Diana wearing a sky blue dress in 1983, and Kate wearing a light blue Catherine Walker look while visiting the Netherlands in October 2011.


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Diana at London’s Goldsmith’s Hall in 1981 wearing a strapless black gown with a ruffle at the bodice; Kate in a similar look in black velvet at the Sun Military Awards in 2011.


Diana in a royal blue dress with pin-tucked sleeves while visiting New Zealand in April 1983; Kate in a Jenny Packham dress while visiting the Imperial War Museum on October 31, 2018.


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Princess Diana in a classic short sleeve pink Versace suit and pillbox hat in 1995; the Duchess of Cambridge in a soft pink Emilia Wickstead coat dress for a 2012 garden party at Buckingham Palace.


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Princess Diana in a gray coat with a velvet collar; Kate in gray glen check blazer by Smythe over a black turtleneck and jeans for an event in October 2018.


Diana in a Pepto-pink polka dotted dress in Perth in 1983, and Kate in a similarly hued Alexander McQueen dress coat at Trooping the Color in 2017.


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Diana in a scarlet and gold flecked dress in 1981, and Kate wearing a red and gold dotted halter dress at the Chakravarty Cup in 2006.


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Diana in a graphic frock and a white jacket while visiting Wales in 1993; Kate in a printed dress and an ochre coat the day before her wedding in 2011.


The Princess of Wales in an orange suit with a black belt while visiting Liverpool in 1995, and the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a red suit with a black belt in 2001.


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Princess Diana wearing a teal dress coat in New Zealand in 1983, and Kate Middleton wearing a teal Emilia Wickstead dresscoat on Palm Sunday in New Zealand in 2014.


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Diana wearing a gray pinstriped suit dress with a pussybow blouse while visiting Italy in 1985. Kate in a similar a pussybow blouse paired with a sporty olive green outfit on a visit to Canada in 2016.


Princess Diana dressed in a lavender skirt suit while visiting Washington D.C. in 1997 and Kate wearing lavender Emilia Wickstead while attending the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit on October 9, 2018.


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Diana attending a premiere in April 1993 wearing a structured midi-length blazer dress; Kate wearing cream Alexander McQueen for Princess Charlotte's christening in 2015.


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Princess Diana in blue and green tartan with a lace collar and cuffs at the Bute Highland Games in 1987 and Kate wearing green and blue tartan Alexander McQueen in 2012.


Diana wearing a tan outfit with a matching feather plume fascinator on her first official visit to Wales in 1981 and Kate wearing a gold coat and fascinator at the wedding Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes in 2006.


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Princess Diana wearing a white dress with black polka dots (designed by Victor Eldelstein) on Derby Day 1986 and Kate Middleton wearing Dolce & Gabbana at Wimbledon in 2017.


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Diana visiting Westminster in June 1990 in a shocking pink skirt suit with black buttons, and Kate in the same color dress coat (complete with the button detailing) while pregnant with Princess Charlotte in March 2015.


Diana in an emerald Jasper Conran suit in 1983, and Kate in the same hue at a St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2014.


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Princess Diana wearing a classic red suit at the launch of the HIV/AIDS Charity London Lighthouse’s New Appeal; Kate in a modern take on the look at the opening of the Global Academy in support of Heads Together in April 2017.


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Princess Di wearing a royal blue admiral blazer with gold buttons while visiting Oxford in 1990, and Kate Middleton wearing an admiral-style Alexander McQueen dress coat at the Irish Guards Medal Parade in 2011.


Diana wearing a draped blue silk gown while pregnant with Prince Harry in 1984, and Kate wearing drapey Jenny Packham at the premiere of James Bond Spectre in 2015.


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Diana in a blush brocade Catherine Walker look while in Indonesia in 1989, and Kate in a blush floral dress while touring Singapore in 2012.


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Diana wearing a blue dress with lace overlay in Cardiff in 1995, and Kate wearing cobalt Erdem with lace detailing in Canada in 2011.


Diana in a sleek white suit with a peplum top at the Royal Ascot in June 1986; Kate wearing a peplum Alexander McQueen dress.


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Princess Diana in dark velvet sailor dress with a white collar and red bow at Buckingham Palace in 1980; Kate in a cream and navy nautical-inspired Alexander McQueen sweater dress in Canada in 2011.


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Diana wearing a royal blue silk gown in Japan in May 1986; Duchess Kate in Jenny Packham at a Bollywood gala in Mumbai in 2016.


Diana wearing an ivory and gold Emanuels gown at a dinner at the German Embassy in London in 1986; the Duchess of Cambridge in white and gold at an official dinner in Kuala Lumpur during the Diamond Jubilee Tour in September 2012.


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Diana in a wide brim dress hat at the Remembrance Sunday Service in 1991 and Kate at the same service in 2016 wearing a similar wide-brimmed topper.


Diana in a Sandra Rhodes dress while visiting Japan in 1986; Kate wearing a sequin-covered Jenny Packham gown at the 2011 ARK Gala.


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Diana wearing an ivory gown in 1988, and Kate in her wedding reception dress in 2011.


Diana in Queen Elizabeth's four strand pearl choker in 1983; Kate wearing the same necklace for her majesty's 70th wedding anniversary party.


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Princess Diana in pastel blue Catherine Walker to Easter Services in April 1987; Kate wearing double-breasted Matthew Williamson while visiting Pembroke Refinery in Wales in November 2014.


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Diana wearing a green polka dotted dress to present Prince William on the day after his birth in 1982; Kate wearing a blue polka dotted dress to present Prince George after his birth in 2013.


Princess Diana in buttercup yellow sundress during a visit to Alice Springs in 1983; Kate wearing a Jenny Packham sundress to arrive at Calgary Airport in 2011.


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Diana arriving at Birmingham Airport in 1984 in a red Catherine Walker coat; Kate arriving at Wellington Airport in New Zealand wearing a similar style by the same designer.


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Diana in a white and gold Catherine Walker admiral dress during a visit to Surrey in 1987; Kate in nautical Alexander McQueen while visiting Bletchley in 2014.


Diana in an ethereal soft blue Catherine Walker for the Cannes Film Festival in 1997; Kate wearing a similarly draped lavender Marchesa gown to a BAFTA event in Los Angeles in 2011.


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Diana in a red coat with a whimsical black hat (dainty netting included) in Sandringham on Christmas Day in 1993; Duchess Kate at the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Berkshire in the same red-coat-black-hat combination.


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

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