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

Over the past year, Kate Middleton, 30, has not only taken on the role as Prince William's wife and the title of Duchess of Cambridge, but she's also filled the fashionable shoes of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana with her flawless sense of style.

From lacy LBDs to velvet getups to renowned wedding gowns, the similarities between Prince William's leading ladies are staggering.

"I’m just sad she’s never going to get a chance to meet Kate," William told ABC's Katie Couric of his late mother, in lead-up to this weekend's highly anticipated Queen Diamond Jubilee.

Reminiscent of Diana, Kate's vibrance and kindness has garnered her the same reputation as her predecessor, both women being hailed as the People's Princess.

Princess Di would be 51 this year and had she lived, one can't help but wonder what she might have worn to this weekend's festivities. As William put it, it would be "fantastic" if she were here today. Click the pics to view Kate and Diana's similar styles, and leave a few reviews in the comments.

Throughout the past year, Kate has donned a slew of designers, but does seem to have her favorites. Alice by Temperley and Temperley London, LK Bennett and Katherine Hooker are brands the royal dons often. She's also been praised for wearing affordable clothing, as her wardrobe includes quite a few styles from Zara. But it's the high-fashion designs of Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton that got people talking. Burton designed her wedding dress and gushed over Kate's keen fashion sense after the Royal Wedding, saying,

"It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it."
As for Princess Diana, one of her favorite designers was Catherine Walker, and so might be the case for Kate. The Duchess wore the designer this past July during her and William's tour of Canada.

While Kate went with McQueen for her wedding gown, when Lady Di was married to William, 29, and Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, in 1986, she chose a memorable design by Elizabeth Emanuel. In lead up to Kate's wedding, Emanuel offered up fashion advice to bride, telling TooFab,

“I think she’s got a very good figure, so she should probably wear something quite simple, but with a really nice, strong silhouette."

Princes William and Harry recently spoke with Couric about their late mother and Will's wife Kate. Check out their comments on the show-stopping women, above.

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  • 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....