Royal Imitators

So the royals are often imitated by folks who want to dress like them, this we know. It’s always interesting to see celebrities doing it, though. Here are a couple of prime examples that spring to mind for us.

Mariah Carrey & Princess Diana

Mariah Carey has been very open about the fact that she was inspired by Princes Diana’s wedding dress, flowers, and tiara when she planned her ensemble for her wedding to Tommy Mottola. Her dress was designed by Vera Wang and had a 27 foot train (Diana’s was 25 feet). You can sure see the resemblance in both the dress and bouquet:

And of course here is Diana on her wedding day in the original by David and Elizabeth Emanuel:

Lindsay Lohan & Pippa Middleton

Ok, so Pippa isn’t royal, but she’s the sister in law of the future king so that’s close enough! Pippa wore this gorgeous green Temperley gown to William & Kate’s wedding dinner…and then Lindsay showed up at Kim Kardashian’s dress in the white version.

Let’s just say that she knew what she was doing. We bet Pippa and Kate got quite a chuckle out of it. For their part, Temperley’s PR team said that the dress was not loaned to Lindsay and that they believed she bought it. Need we say more?

The thing is, the royals do it too! Here are some key examples:

Princess Diana & Jackie Kennedy 

Princess Diana wore this pink Gianni Versace suite with a matching pill box style hat by Philip Sommerville in 1995 when visiting the troops. It is certainly reminiscent of the pink suit worn by Kennedy on the day the President was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

According to Christopher Anderson in Jackie After Jack, Jackie Kennedy said she thought Diana was a “beautiful, elegant, charming, very stylish and wonderful mother.” For her part, Diana hoped that she would be remembered in the same way as Jackie.

Princess Diana & Grace Kelly

Princess Diana channeled Grace Kelly at the Cannes Film Festival as we mention here. This dress was designed by Catherine Walker to give a nod to Princess Grace, and more specifically the blue gown Grace wore in the film To Catch a Thief:

Grace Kelly looked stunning in this blue gown, shown here in a scene from To Catch a Thief:

Here’s another look at the dress:

Charlotte Casiraghi, Grace Kelly’s granddaughter, also seemed to take inspiration from this gown. She wore this gorgeous ice blue dress and cape to Prince Albert (her uncle) and Princess Charlene’s wedding reception. Not many could pull of that cape but she sure can! She’s a fun one to watch, that’s for sure.

Kate Middleton & Grace Kelly

Kate Middleton was inspired by Grace Kelly with her wedding gown, as we’ve already discussed here, but let’s look at the pictures again. Side note: Kate was reportedly overheard talking about how much she loved this dress when she and Camilla had lunch at the Berkley Hotel in London before the wedding so we had a feeling this was coming. Both dresses are so beautiful:

Well that was fun. If we’ve missed any of your favorite imitators, please let us know!


Categories: British Royal Family, Diana, Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Grace, Royal Family of Monaco

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