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On the royal wedding day, it is impossible not to think of the last royal wedding in 1981 in which Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana, married his father, Prince Charles. Kate Middleton's wedding dress is the talk of the day, much like Princess Diana’s wedding dress was on her royal wedding day. Let’s compare the two fabulous and very different dresses of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana.

Princess Diana's wedding dress and Kate Middleton's wedding dress will both hold a place in fashion history. This morning, the world focused on the royal wedding and the fabulous wedding gown of Kate Middleton. After months of speculation, she dazzled in a lacy dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Princess Diana wedding dress versus Kate Middleton wedding dress

Her satin dress featured a full skirt, lace appliqué for the bodice and a 10-foot train. She wore a beautiful ivory silk tulle veil with hand-embroidered flowers.

Princess Diana's dress was made of ivory silk taffeta and antique lace and featured an amazing 25-foot train. It contained 10,000 hand-sewn pearls, and designers Elizabeth and David Emanuel said they "sewed her into the dress" for a perfect fit.

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Princess Diana's dress designer Elizabeth Emanuel recently gave her thumbs up to Kate Middleton's wedding dress. "The whole thing worked very well," she said, speaking outside of Buckingham Palace. "It was a very regal dress and, I thought, perfect because she looked like Kate. It was the Kate everyone loved, looking beautiful and elegant."

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When comparing the two dresses it is important to remember that Princess Diana's dress was designed in the 1980s, and the style and trends were different. The elaborate neckline and puffy sleeves may seem a bit overdone to our modern tastes now, but it was the height of fashion, beauty and elegance at that time. She looked like the fairytale princess marrying her prince.

The dresses also showcase their different fashion personalities. Whereas Princess Diana was elegant, she also liked to take fashion risks -- while Kate's fashion choices are more classic and traditional.

Both dresses are an iconic part of history and have inspired and will inspire fashion and wedding dresses moving forward.

Tell us: Do you like Princess Diana's wedding gown or Kate Middleton's wedding gown?

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Comments on "Kate Middleton vs. Princess Diana: Who wore it better?"

Bobby March 26, 2014 | 9:39 PM

I am a bit of a history buff. Princess Diana's dress, with its puff sleeves, old carickmacross lace, and ruffles and bows, was based on the late victorian period. This in turn influenced future wedding dresses and other fashions of the decade. I think Diana's dress was the best design...although a lighter weight silk taffeta, or another silk weave fabric such as satin or organza should have been used. Princess Catherine's dress was very beautiful as well, but lacked the historical appeal of Diana's dress. RIP Princess Diana, and hopefully the monarchy will have a great and wonderful future with William, Catherine and little Prince George.

Millie October 06, 2013 | 2:56 AM

Kate's dress was modern and more in tune with today's times. This was evident in its relative simplicity in comparison to Diana's frilly, puff sleeved, pearl encrusted affair.Kate's maturity showed in the way she carried herself.Diana appeared to be still finding her feet, she even got Charles' name wrong at the altar.That said, both Kate and Diana are beautiful women in their own ways.

princess liana October 31, 2011 | 5:43 PM

i really love princess diana and whatever she has done i will vote and like it. princess diana is a on of a kind princess which i want to become and because of that i agree that princess diana i better than all the princesses in present days

ifrahil May 21, 2011 | 2:57 AM

according to me of princess diana of kate's same nicely but if problem of age likely more matured kate , thank's

Barbara May 06, 2011 | 11:03 AM

Kates dress was nice, but the first thing you seen was two pointed boobs . Then her veil looked like she had a curtain on her head. I think Pippa look ellegant and the best.

tamta May 03, 2011 | 11:03 AM

when i saw the royal wedding of Kate Midleton and prince william i thought that it will be the best wedding in the world.. but the wedding of princess Diana was really amazing too... i know that both of the weddings are important and amazing for all..

Diesel May 02, 2011 | 5:08 PM

Diana all the way! Kate was okay, but lacked real shock and awe like Diana. I can only laugh at the comment from NESA about "Diana died 15 years ago move on in life." As if she never lived? Clowns like NESA are pathetic! No wonder the world is screwed up.

Karen May 02, 2011 | 12:06 PM

I watched Diana's wedding when I was 19. Everyone thought the dress was so beautiful but I thought it was hideous (yes that was the style during that era but watch reruns of the Cosby show and Family Ties to see how awful it was). I failed to be a fashion diva then on purpose. Kate's was far better though it would have been nicer to see a little more glamour for a princess.

Eileen May 01, 2011 | 2:37 AM

I feel both wedding dresses (Princess Diana and Now Princess Catherine are stunning! As someone noted earlier, we need to take in context at the time these 2 women were wed and also their ages.(Princess Diana at 19 and Kate at 29) I also loved the gown designed for Kate at the reception== very flatterring.I wish Kate and William the very best!!!!! It was a beautiful royal wedding and weather held out for them!!!

River April 30, 2011 | 4:49 PM

Personally, I LOVED KATE'S DRESS. But, I felt like the dress was too plain for a princess/royal wedding. A princess should try to show off as much she could, show off grace and beauty and maturity. and that's exactly what princess diana did in 1981. The long train and big gown was exactly the kind of dress that a princess with maturity and class should wear don't get me wrong, I love kate and the dress, but I felt that it wasn't "princess" material. Just some regular dress. but maybe poofiness isn't her style? I don't know. I don't know kate personally.

Joy April 30, 2011 | 8:46 AM

Diana's dress was a monstrosity. She was a beautiful young women but that dress took away from her with those horrible puffed sleeves and that ruffled collar. Kate's was so much better. There is a saying "Less is best" and I think Kate proved it.

NJS April 29, 2011 | 8:51 PM

How can you compare? Both were beautiful in their own time. Styles change. I love them both! The only negative, Kate needs to put some weight on.

Santi April 29, 2011 | 8:32 PM

Both princess are beautiful, but i love more princess Diana dress :) she's dress look like a fairytale dress :)

Mary Anne April 29, 2011 | 8:26 PM

Kate looked better in her gown than Diana did. At 29, she is old enough to have developed her own sense of style, something not everyone has accomplished at 19.

Elizabeth April 29, 2011 | 5:41 PM

Both Diana and Kate's are pretty, elegant, and sweet. Each one is the best in their era, and they look beautiful. Good luck of the new couple!

Charlie April 29, 2011 | 4:56 PM

I love Lady Diana's dress but i like Kate's dress 1% more then Di's dress.

Kayte Garcia April 29, 2011 | 4:02 PM

I love Lady Di's dress -- she looked like a fairy tale princess. Kate has a nice dress, but it shold have had more going on. Even the tiara was simple you could barely see it! A bit let down..... sorry!

RJ April 29, 2011 | 2:52 PM

Diana's dress is the BEST! Hands down - elegance, beauty, regal, gorgeous!!!!!

Nesa April 29, 2011 | 1:41 PM

I liked kate's dress better because she's gonna be future queen and diana died about 15yrs ago, so kinda move on in life. Kate and William all the best in life!! have a beatiuful married life & have alot of kids.

Helen April 29, 2011 | 1:10 PM

Both women are absolutely beautiful young ladies. Miss Spencer was only 19 years and she looked that young with all the flourishes and a 25 foot train! Miss Middleton is ten years older and is a college graduate. Her style is elegant but simple with a ten foot trail. What a wonderful day and wedding! This American commoner who is usually cynical cannot help but be swept up in this wonderful day! A long and happy marriage for both!

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