Kate Middleton has been a lovely gift to the royal family, the United Kingdom, and the entire pop-culture-loving world. People will study her for centuries hence to figure out why one person could be so delightful.
One of the loveliest aspects of Kate Middleton’s role as a royal thus far has been the subtle ways she’s echoed the choices of her husband Prince William‘s late mother, Princess Diana. Check out the list!
Kate wears Diana’s engagement ring.
Prince William proposed with the (relatively inexpensive) ring that his mother chose for her engagement thirty years before.
Kate wore blue for her engagement announcement, as did Diana.
All the better to complement that gorgeous true blue ring!
Both ladies edited the traditional wedding vows.
Diana took out the promise to “obey” her husband, causing a bit of a ruckus at the time. Such a feminist! Kate and William also customized theirs (and they also didn’t include the word “obey”).
Both Kate and Diana had brutal pregnancies.
Kate Middleton was hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum early into her pregnancy, which is an extreme form of morning sickness where one is puking nonstop. Fun! Diana was also frequently ill and weak throughout her nine months. Diana had a brutal labor, too. Here’s hoping better for Kate!
Diana chose a natural birth, and Kate has elected to do so, as well.
We don’t judge you if you change your mind when the time comes, KM!
Kate will deliver in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, as Diana did.
Diana’s choice of St. Mary’s Hospital was novel at the time—royals traditionally gave birth at home, but Prince Charles pushed for the modern technology of this hospital.
Charles and Diana announced the arrival via royal easel, as Will and Kate will.
This is so incredibly quaint and strange that I’m really psyched that it’s happening again in my lifetime.
Princess Diana showed the baby almost immediately, within 24 hours of giving birth.
Here’s hoping Kate does, too! BIG HINT, KATE. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
And for good measure, here are some differences between their first pregnancies, both related to timing (so important as we approach the Day!).
Princess Diana gave birth to William 10 days early.
If Kate’s July 11 due date is to believed, she’s right on track so far.
Diana got engaged after six months of dating, and announced her pregnancy after three months of marriage.
Diana was also basically a teenager during those turbulent months of dating-engagement-wedding-baby. Kate earned the nickname “Waity Katie” for dating William for eight years before they were engaged, and she’s now having a baby about two years after her wedding. Modern times!
Do you think Kate has made some of these choices on purpose? Do you think it’s a good idea to mirror Diana’s choices? When do you think Kate will show the baby? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @OKMagazine.