After seven years of dating, rumors are swirling that Prince William may soon propose to girlfriend Kate Middleton, setting her up to become the next Princess of Wales. Luckily, the 28-year-old looks ready for the tiara from a style perspective, as she’s taken cues from many princesses before her. From Prince William’s late mother Princess Diana and her chic use of color and statement headwear to the timeless fashions of Princess Grace of Monaco and modern looks of Princess Letizia of Spain, Kate’s royal style is already mimicking that of the pros. Click on to see Kate’s likeness to other famous princesses.
Princess Anne of England matched a fun orange hat to her suit at the Ascot Racecourse in 2009, the same year Kate paired a matching hat with her lavender coat at the wedding of a British aristocrat.
Princess Caroline of Monaco looked chic in a classic trench in London in 1973.
The same style still looked fresh on Kate Middleton in 2008 as she watched Prince William receive his military pilot’s wings.
Princess Diana wore a red coat and black hat on Christmas Day in 1993. Kate wore the same winning combination during the 2006 holidays.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark looked elegant in a teal gown at a birthday celebration this month.
Kate Middleton looked equally regal in a blue halter at a charity gala in 2006.
Princess Grace of Monaco deplaned in London wearing a sophisticated fedora in 1970.
Kate Middleton wore hers to a horse race in 2008.
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Princess Diana dressed in a chic black and white skirt suit at Royal Albert Hall in 1990.
Kate dressed similarly to receive her diploma from the University of St. Andrews in 2005.
Princess Diana wore a feathered hat for an outing in Pembrokshire in 1981, while Kate Middleton wore one almost-identical to a wedding in 2006.
Princess Letizia of Spain paired her day dress with a fitted blazer, smart pumps and a sophisticated clutch for a Red Cross Fundraising event in 2009.
Kate Middleton dressed in the same combination for a royal wedding in 2008.
Princess Diana wore a bright red ski jacket for a ski vacation to Klosters in 1986. Kate Middleton wore the same in 2005 for the royal family’s annual ski trip.
Queen Rania of Jordan chose a delicate floral dress for a Royal Military Academy parade in 2006. In 2007, Kate Middleton wore a similar carefree look on a walk through West London.
Princess Diana looked glamorous in a red polka-dot dress at the premiere of James Bond For Your Eyes Only in 1981. Kate Middleton dazzled in the same pattern at the Chakravarty Polo Match in 2006.
Princess Diana went shopping at Harvey Nichols in 1995 wearing an understated neutral pant paired with a blazer. Kate Middleton dressed almost identically 10 years later out and about in London.