Royal Style Showdown Velvet Edition: Princess Diana vs. Kate Middleton (PHOTOS)

Kate Middleton is certainly taking after her late mother-in-law Princess Diana style wise! Prince William's new wife stepped out in a stunning black velvet floor-length Alexander McQueen gown at the Sun Military Awards on Saturday.

The dress was strikingly similar to that of Diana's in November 1985. She wore a midnight blue velvet Victor Edelstein gown to the White House, and even danced with John Travolta. The dress was later auctioned off.

Click through the pics and determine which Princess style is your fave!

Kate is just weeks away from her 30th birthday on Jan. 9. Check out her beloved styles in the gallery below!



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  • Kat

    Funny how someone wearing fashions from 2011 looks more "with the times" than someone wearing fashions from 1985!

  • lee

    Kate looks like any ordinary pretty girl. Princess Diana was a fairy tale princess. No comparison. Princess Diana had magic.

  • Kourtney

    i loveeeee kate's dress.

  • Hailie K
    Hailie K

    Red just always looks better with black. Makes the red look more modern and a little edgier.

  • Hailie K
    Hailie K

    Kate always :) She's so pretty! So is Diana, don't get me wrong, but I find dark hair a lot prettier than blonde hair.

  • laurie

    Please do not insult the memory of Princess Diana by comaring her and Catherine. While Catherine may be pretty and style conscious, Diana in her very short 36 years did so much for the people, her Country and the beautiful impression she left on her sons. Also let's remember she did not have the support from a loving husband....none of us know what went on behind the scenes but we do know what we saw and Diana held her own during the most horrible times.

  • Lulu

    I think Lady Di looked gorgeousss in her wedding dress and I LOVE Kates dress but if Lady Di wore something like that (Kate's dress) she would have looked so perfectly amazing! However, I kinda doubt Kate could pull off Lady Diana's wedding dress.

  • beatles64

    no, that's definitely Kate. They did wear the same bikini in those shots, but that's not Pippa.

  • JohnSmith

    Thats pippa kate's sister....

  • Leana Dela Cruz
    Leana Dela Cruz


  • dancergirl966

    I liked Kate's better.

  • Annya Nathaniel
    Annya Nathaniel

    i love kate hat

  • Annya Nathaniel
    Annya Nathaniel

    kate was too skinny

  • Annya Nathaniel
    Annya Nathaniel

    i miss princess diana so so much!

  • kamipj786

    A princess on the right . and a slut on left!

  • Beatles64

    for the record, that is velvet, not velour. velour is tacky, like a JLo tracksuit. Velvet can be lovely depending on how it's worn (perfect example of the War Heroes event that Kate wore a gorgeous velvet gown). For the era, Diana looks all right, but obviously Kate is more modern and "with the times".

  • Beatles64

    Wow, Carling5, overreact much? I think you are actually the one making the internet a nasty, bully-safe environment, calling peope "dipsh!t" and not respecting their opinions (hypocritically, might I add). Yeesh. Chill out.

  • Aya

    @AlaBella Couldn't have said it better. They both look lovely, that's all that matters. Asking us to choose is like asking William himself to choose between his deceased mom and his wife. It's pointless, disrespectful and above all, impossible.

  • Jacqueline D. Cruz
    Jacqueline D. Cruz

    i find it so disheartening to do a style showdown between a deceased woman & her own daughter in law !!!!! like really, show some respect to Diana Celebuzz, & oh @AlaBella makes a very valid point to -there really is no comparison.. smh.

  • AlaBella

    Different eras, different women. I don't think you can compare them