Prince Charles and Princess Diana embrace for an informal portrait on their wedding day in this July 29, 1981. Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton pose in one of two official engagement portraits in the Cornwall Room at St James's Palace in London on November 25, 2010.

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See every time Kate Middleton channeled Princess Diana's style

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is known for her elegant, classic style. And it seems that she's taken plenty of inspiration from her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. Here are a few times the former Kate Middleton has worn similar outfits to Princess Diana.

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Prince Charles And Lady Diana Spencer (later To Become Princess Diana) At Buckingham Palace On The Day Of Announcing Their Engagement on Feb. 24, 1981. Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for the media at St. James's Palace in London, Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010, after they announced their engagement.

Beautiful in blue! Both Princess Diana and the former Kate Middleton wore blue ensembles when they announced their engagements. The princess sported a powder-blue suit jacket with scalloped edges when she and Prince Charles announced their engagement in 1981. Nearly 30 years later, the soon-to-be duchess wore a sapphire-blue dress with a wrapped waist to celebrate her engagement to Prince William in 2010.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana embrace for an informal portrait on their wedding day in this July 29, 1981. Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton pose in one of two official engagement portraits in the Cornwall Room at St James's Palace in London on November 25, 2010.

The former Kate Middleton honored Princess Diana when she posed for an engagement photo wearing the princess’s famous sapphire ring in 2010. It’s one of the many ways the Duchess of Cambridge has paid tribute to her late mother-in-law through the years.

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Diana on her Wedding Day on July 29, 1981. She wore a David and Elizabeth Emanuell ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown, with a 25-foot train.
Catherine Middleton waves to the crowds as her sister and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton holds her dress before walking in to the Abbey to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. English designer Sarah Burton, creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen, designed the bridal gown.

Princess Diana’s legendary wedding dress may have been more voluminous than the former Kate Middleton’s, but both bridal gowns featured regal, dramatic trains.

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Royal Wedding cathedral departure images of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer and that of Prince William with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London, 29th July 1981. The couple leave the cathedral after the ceremony. TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.

Both Princess Diana and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, glowed in traditional, white dresses on their wedding days. They also both carried white lily of the valley flowers in their bouquets.

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Princess Diana wore Elizabeth and David Emmanuel to a fundraiser at the Royal Opera House in 1981. Duchess Kate wore an Alexander McQueen gown at the Night of Heroes awards show at London's Imperial War Museum in December 2011. Both black gown were made by the same designers who created their wedding dresses.

A glamorous black dress is timeless! Princess Diana wore a stunning, strapless black gown to a fundraiser at the Royal Opera House in 1981. The Duchess of Cambridge sported a very similar look, down to the ruffled detailing on the bodice, at an event in London in 2011.

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Princess Diana wears a strapless chiffon dress by Catherine Walker in 1987 for the Cannes Film Festival (and again for the 1989 London opening of Miss Saigon!). Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch 2011 event at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Saturday, July 9, 2011. Kate wore a pale lavender Alexander McQueen gown.

The Duchess of Cambridge may have taken a style cue from Princess Diana when she wore this pale, lavender Alexander McQueen gown in 2011. Princess Diana sported a similarly ethereal, pastel dress at a black-tie event in 1989.

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Duchess Kate and Princess Diana in red

The duchess seemed to be channeling Princess Diana when she wore this red skirt suit with black buttons in 2017. It’s a lot like a look the princess sported during a visit to Birmingham in 1984.

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Princess Diana wears a double-breasted navy suit at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London on Nov. 1989. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Victoria Barracks during a medal parade for the 1st Battalion Irish Guards Regiment on June 25, 2011, in Windsor. She wore an Alexander McQueen coat.

The former Kate Middleton is a fan of double-breasted jackets, and maybe she was inspired by Princess Diana. This coat she wore in 2011 echoes a navy, double-breasted suit that Princess Diana wore in 1989.

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Prince William with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales at Guards Polo Club, The Princess is casually dressed in a sweatshirt with the British Lung Foundation logo on the front of her t-shirt on May 2, 1998. Catherine Duchess of Cambridge
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You can't go wrong with skinny jeans and a blazer! Princess Diana once sported this a casually chic ensemble of jeans, boots and a dark jacket, and the Duchess of Cambridge followed in her footsteps with a similar look in 2011.

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Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry wears a nautical themed sweater by designer Roland Klein and a white pleated skirt by Jasper Conran. The Duchess of Cambridge also chose a sailor-inspired white Alexander McQueen dress in 2012 when she attended Wimbledon.

Princess Diana wore this fun, nautical sweater in a cute photo with Prince Harry. In 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge also rocked a sailor-inspired look.

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Princess Diana on a visit to Pakistan covers her head on September 25, 1991. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Assyakirin Mosque on September 14, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Princess Diana partially covered her hair in a headscarf when she visited Pakistan in 1991, and the Duchess of Cambridge followed suit during a visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2012.

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Pink

Pretty in pink! The former Kate Middleton’s pale pink jacket and elegant hat echo a beautiful look that Princess Diana wore in 1985.

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Polka dot dresses

When the Duchess of Cambridge left the hospital after the birth of Prince George, she wore a blue, polka-dot dress that reminded many royal style watchers of the dress Princess Diana wore when she left the hospital with Prince William.

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Pillbox hat

The Duchess of Cambridge sported a pastel jacket and pillbox hat when she attended an Easter service in 2017. Princess Diana wore a very similar look back in 1995, with a much younger Prince William at her side.

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Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing red ski gear and a red and white head band, enjoys a skiing holiday in Klosters, Switzerland in February 1986. Kate Middleton Skiing In Klosters, Switzerland in 2005.

Princess Diana looked chic on the slopes in a puffy, red ski jacket in 1986; nearly two decades later, the Duchess of Cambridge rocked a strikingly similar look.

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Princess Diana arrives to open the Liverpool Women's Hospital in 1995. Prince William and Kate Middleton smile as they visit the University of St Andrews on February 25, 2011 in St Andrews, Scotland.  The Duchess of Cambridge wore a vibrant red skirt suit by Luisa Spagnoli, Diana wore a orange Versace suit.

The colors may be different, but the design and silhouette of these belted skirt suits worn by Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge are basically identical.

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Catherine Duchess of Cambridge at a diplomatic dinner at Buckingham Palace, London on Dec 8, 2016.Diana, Princess of Wales wears the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara (Queen Mary's Tiara) and diamond earrings during a banquet on April 29, 1983 in Aukland, New Zealand.   Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wore the same tiara at a diplomatic reception at  Buckingham Palace in December 2015.

Princess Diana adored the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, and it has become one of the former Kate Middleton’s go-to tiaras, too.

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Diana, Princess Of Wales With Prince Philip On Derby Day.  Princess Diana Is Wearing A Polka Dot Day Dress Designed By Fashion Designer Victor Edelstein on June 4, 1986. Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, at the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, on July 3, 2017.

Was the former Kate Middleton taking a style cue from her late mother-in-law with this black-and-white, polka-dot ensemble?

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On the eve of the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, the Duchess of Cambridge honored her with a floral dress that was nearly identical to a dress Diana wore in 1981.

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The duchess wore a red dress after the birth of Prince Louis, which echoed the outfit Princess Diana wore when she left the hospital with Prince Harry. Both ensembles were loose fitting and had white, Peter Pan collars.

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Pretty in polka dots! Both Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Princess Diana favored navy dresses with miniature polka dots and crisp, white collars. 

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