Before Prince William even announced his engagement to Kate Middleton in November 2010, she had been in the spotlight long enough to warrant inevitable comparisons to the late Princess Diana.
Commenting on the ensemble Kate wore to a wedding in October 2010, CNN speculated that, “Surely the late princess would have approved of Kate’s outfit on Saturday — bright pops of color and full skirts are pages right out of Diana’s style playbook. Like the people’s princess, Kate is frequently seen in well-tailored clothes that flatter her figure without ever being overly revealing or too tight.”
Of course, those comparisons went into overdrive as soon as the pair announced their engagement one month later, and since Kate’s sense of style is so similar to that of her late mother-in-law, the similarities only keep coming.
Prince William gave Kate his late mother’s sapphire and diamond ring when the two got engaged, so it’s not terribly surprising that the dresses the two women wore for their official engagement announcements were designed to match the dazzling ring.
As People notes, Kate wore a blue wrap dress designed by London-based designer Issa and paired the classic silk wrap dress with simple black pumps. (As anyone who saw the press call announcing their engagement will remember, she looked fabulous.) Kate’s dress hearkened back to the blue dress that Diana wore when she and Prince Charles got engaged in 1981 — which, one would assume, was also chosen to accentuate the brilliant blue sapphire ring.
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