Eight times Kate Middleton has taken royal style inspiration from Princess Diana

When it comes to The Royal Family, it is a well known fact that the ladies surpass the men when it comes to their extravagant style — sorry boys.

From Kate Middleton's constant recycling of outfits, to Meghan Markle 's LA inspired looks, there is a clear reason as to why these ladies have become such frontrunners in the world of fashion.

However, as most of us know, this didn't start with the young royals as the late, great Princess Diana paved the way for Royal dressing with her continuous parade of effortless ensembles.

You can clearly see this especially as her daughter-in-law, The Duchess of Cambridge, takes style notes and inspiration from Diana and puts them into various looks.

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One of the most recent events we saw this at was the premier of the latest James Bond movie, No Time To Die, where Kate left everyone speechless in a glittering gold £3,640 Emelia Wickstead dress.

Decades earlier, at the premier of James Bond A View To Kill in June 1985, Princess Diana also wore a stunning gold gown by Bruce Oldfield, so we can clearly see where Kate got her inspiration from.

In May 2021, Kate and Prince William embarked on a Royal tour of Scotland where on the first day Kate stunned in a bold blue ensemble.

For the occasion, Kate paired a chic Zara blazer with a delicately pleated skirt from fellow high street brand Hope.

As soon as we saw this look we were reminded of the time that Diana stepped out in September 1992 in a very similar outfit.

As we know Kate is the Queen when it comes to her coat game, so it's only natural that she learnt the lesson from the best.

Also whilst on their Scottish tour, Kate brought out her classic Massimo Dutti beige coat.

Back in 1982 Diana attended an appearance at Wandsworth DHSS office sporting a wonderful beige trench coat by designer Caroline Charles.

Earlier this year we saw Kate attend a personal appearance at the Victoria and Albert Museum to reopen the venue after the UK's latest lockdown.

For the occasion, the mum-of-three opted for a red and black houndstooth print dress from designer Alessandra Rich.

In 1981, Princess Diana sported a sophisticated skirt suit by designer Caroline Charles and of course sparked a trend for the traditional print.

Kate is one to dress up and add some sparkle, and we love her for it as she looks simply stunning in this Needle & Thread sequin gown she wore on 20 January 2020.

Princess Diana was a fan of glitz and glamour, just like this Bruce Oldfield dress from when she attended the film premiere of the film 'Hot Shots' in November 1991.

As we know, The Duchess of Cambridge is a big fan of polka dots as we have seen her sport the playful pattern on numerous occasions.

Wearing yet another Alessandra Rich dress for an appearance at Bletchley Park in May 2019, this outfit automatically reminded us of one Diana once wore for a photoshoot at Kensington Palace in 1985.

The Duchess looked absolutely stunning in this full length velvet dress whilst attending a dinner at Buckingham Palace on 11 December 2019.

As soon as we saw this it took us back to one of the most iconic images of Princess Diana.

Who could forget the indigo blue velvet dress by designer Victor Edelstein that she wore whilst dancing with a young John Travolta at the White House in 1985?


One outfit which we had to end on was of course how Kate paid a touching tribute to her late mother-in-law as she and Prince William announced their engagement in November 2010.

For the special announcement, Kate wore a blue Issa wrap dress which emulated the blue suit which was designed by Cojana for Princess Diana and Prince Charles' engagement announcement in February 1981.

Kate is always thoughtful in how she pays tribute to Princess Diana, and we're seeing the 39-year-old transform into the modern day people's princess just like Diana did.

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