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04.06.10

Princesses in the Making

Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton may be a commoner, but her sense of style resembles Princess Diana's, at times astonishingly so. VIEW OUR GALLERY.

Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton may be a commoner, but her sense of style resembles Princess Diana's, at times astonishingly so. VIEW OUR GALLERY. Plus, Tina Brown: A Date for William and Kate.

When Prince William first started dating Kate Middleton in 2003, she was a slim, pretty commoner with a girlish look—sweet and cute perhaps, but hardly fit for a queen. How much has changed since those early days at the University of St. Andrews. The 28-year-old Middleton now sports a distinctly royal sense of style, and soon enough, she will be married to Prince William.

Click Image to View Our Gallery of Diana and Kate Middleton

By all accounts a world-class shopper, Middleton has amassed a regal wardrobe in the past few years. In 2006, the Daily Mail reported that her biggest style influence was her mother, Carole. But, sartorially at least, she also bears a striking resemblance to another young woman who married into the Windsor clan: William’s glamorous mother, Princess Diana.

Like Diana, Middleton has mastered such staples of British dress as the poufy hat, the equestrian look, and the conservative summer polka dot jumper. VIEW OUR GALLERY of her royal style.

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