Royal engagement photos: Prince William, Kate Middleton bare resemblance to Prince Charles, Diana

Dec 13, 2010

Prince William and Kate Middleton (l.) posed in similar fashion to that of Prince Charlie and Diana's engagement photos

As if the comparisons to her fiance's late mother weren't enough, Kate Middleton's official engagement photos bare a striking resemblance to those of Princess Diana.

Middleton, who posed during a two-hour shoot with fashion photographer Mario Testino, is seen happily cozying up to Prince William as she proudly displays her 18-carat diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring in the photo.

The ring's original owner, Princess Diana, posed in similar fashion for her own engagement photos in 1981.The then 19-year-old is shown embracing a grinning Prince Charles, then 33, in their official portrait.

Like Diana, Middleton donned a neutral color for the intimate photos. Taking a down-home approach to the shoot, the buzzed-about princess-to-be wore a $325 Reiss dress and did her own makeup for the pictures. The royal couple, both 28, also posed for a more formal shot, in which they are elegantly poised side by side.

The couple's engagement photos were shot on Nov. 25 at St. James' Palace in London, and the grand wedding is set to take place on April 29 at London's Westminster Abbey.



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