Kate Middleton is a fashion icon herself. In fact, social media and glossy magazine pages are constantly littered with the Duchess of Cambridge’s impressive looks. However, she takes inspiration from the fashionable Princess Diana.

36 years before Kate, in 1985, the late princess wore an equally regal, silver floor-length dress.

Both looked like dashing Bond girls in their fitted dresses with V-necklines and distinctive shoulder marks.

Many believe that Kate was directly emulating Diana who would have been her mother-in-law.

“Kate admired Diana’s taste in fashion before William entered her life,” a source told US magazine.

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“During her school days, she used to tell friends that Diana was her style icon.”

This wasn’t the first time Kate had nodded to Diana.

Only on one of many occasions did Kate look eerily like the princess.

In June 1990, the Princess of Wales stunned in a shocking pink coat.

Kate was seen in an almost matching ensemble in March 2015.

She even based her accessories on Diana, wearing short black heels and a black clutch.

The only difference was that Diana paired her jacket with a skirt, while Kate rocked a one-piece on that occasion.

Most recently, on Remembrance Day, Kate channeled Diana in a wide-brimmed black hat.

In 1992 Diana wore a similar oversized black hat for the same occasion.

Amanda Wakeley, the woman who designed Diana’s power suits, said, “I think when you’re headed for a tricky moment, it’s very comforting to slip into something that feels great.”

She added that Diana sent messages “very powerfully” through her clothing.

It appears that Kate is following in Diana’s footsteps and assuming more royal responsibilities as the future queen.