Princess Diana left a lasting legacy following her tragic death in 1997 and her sons’ wives have ensured her memory lives on with a series of loving style nods throughout this year.
From Meghan and her new husband Prince Harry’s endless royal wedding tributes to Prince William’s wife Catherine showcasing some of Diana’s favourite jewellery, both duchesses have remembered their late mother-in-law in beautiful ways throughout 2018.
The ‘People’s Princess’ was known for her vibrant and elegant fashion sense throughout her life, as well as her dazzling jewellery, and those timeless looks have been recreated by the young royals ever since.
Here are some of the stunning ways Meghan and Catherine have followed her lead and continued her style legacy:
Prince Harry and Meghan ensured that his mother was a huge part of their special day in May this year, with a series of loving nods throughout.
One of the main ways Meghan paid tribute to her late mother-in-law was by including forget-me-nots in her bouquet – which are claimed to be Diana’s favourite flower.
The couple hired London-based floral designer Philippa Craddock to create the masterpieces and she used “locally sourced foliage” from gardens and parks in The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Par to decorate St George’s Chapel.
The wedding venue itself also had white garden roses littered throughout on the walls and aisles, the same flower that was prominent in Diana’s huge bouquet when she married Prince Charles in 1981.
Meanwhile, Meghan ensured the tributes continued as she wore Diana’s Asprey aquamarine ring to her wedding reception just hours later, after reportedly being given it by her new husband as a gift. Diana was previously pictured wearing the ring at a private viewing of the Christie’s auction of her dresses in 1997.
Catherine is known to show off her beautiful engagement ring – once worn by Diana herself – on every royal engagement she goes on, having been given it by her husband Prince William on the day they agreed to be husband and wife.
But she paid another tribute to the princess in October this year when she met the Dutch royal family in a beautiful blue ball gown and Diana’s ‘Lover’s Knot’ tiara.
The headpiece was a favourite of the princess’, and she previously wore it on a number of occasions – including during a trip to Hong Kong in 1989.
Meghan looked effortlessly chic in a gorgeous black-midi dress for her first solo royal engagement in London in September, following her wedding to Prince Harry.
The stunning black Givenchy dress with sheer long sleeves had a statement black V-neck design down the front, strikingly similar to a look worn by Diana in 1986.
The late princess chose a navy dress with a similar white V-design down the front as she arrived at King Khalid International Airport, as she travelled to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
Perhaps the most moving tribute from Catherine this year was when she chose a striking Jenny Packham red dress to introduce baby Prince Louis to the world in April, featuring a white lace collar and long sleeves.
It was immediately recognisable and strikingly similar to the outfit worn by Diana when she had Prince Harry in 1984. Prince Charles’ former wife instead chose a looser red design with a plain white collar.
Both royals famously stepped outside the hospital doors to pose for photos with their newborns, each cradling their baby in their arms alongside their respective husbands at the time.
Meghan is a fan of button-down designs on her royal outfits and it seems she gets inspiration from Diana.
The Duchess of Sussex looked dazzling in a pale pink Prada dress at the Young Leader Awards earlier this year, as she sat alongside Harry and his grandmother the Queen to watch the ceremony.
The outfit looked incredibly similar to a pink Versace suit worn by Diana in 1995 to greet troops in Canterbury. The late royal wore a pink hat to match the outfit and, like Meghan, flashed a beaming smile for photos.
Glen plaid style outfits and blazers are a huge hit among the female members of the royal family, and have been for years. Now, both Meghan and Catherine are continuing that style legacy.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been pictured in a series of plaid-print outfits, but more recently she was snapped in a stylish blazer on a visit to watch a group of youngsters play sports at Coach Core in Essex.
Meanwhile, her sister-in-law Meghan is also a huge fan, having showcased a number of looks in a similar style. She famously chose an off-the-shoulder plaid top as she joined Harry at a Star Hub street dance class for disadvantaged children in January.
Both duchesses took inspiration from Diana once again with this look, as she was also regularly seen in similar styles. One memorable appearance came in 1989 when she showed off an oversized blazer while carrying a black clutch bag under one arm to an event.