Kate Middleton never got to meet Princess Diana, as she passed away years before the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William got married. But that hasn’t stopped Middleton from honoring her late mother-in-law on several occasions.
There are the obvious ways Princess Kate carries on Diana’s legacy, including the sapphire engagement ring William gave her. But there are also some other ways Middleton pays tribute to Diana that you may not have picked up on. Here’s how the duchess continues to honor the Princess of Wales.
With her and William’s wedding song
When Middleton and William were married in 2011, the bride made her procession down the aisle to the song “I Was Glad” by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry. The significance of the song: It was also used as the anthem at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981.
William and Middleton’s union took place at Westminster Abbey, another nod to Diana as that’s where her 1997 funeral took place.
By wearing a special necklace
Another way the Duchess of Cambridge has honored the late princess is by wearing a necklace gifted to her from her sister, Pippa Middleton. When Prince George was born, Middleton’s sibling gave her a gold charm necklace. One of the charms was a heart, which had a “W” for William’s name engraved on it. The other circle charm has the name “George Alexander Louis” for their son engraved on it. The necklace is similar to what Prince Charles gave Diana after William was born.
“Upon the birth of Prince William in 1982, Prince Charles gave Diana the gift of a gold pendant engraved their new son’s name, which she always wore close to her heart,” the website of British jeweler Merci Maman states. “In 2013, Pippa Middleton continued this family tradition by giving her sister Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, our Personalized Duchess Necklace to celebrate the birth of Prince George.”
In Princess Charlotte’s name
One of the more obvious ways the duchess honored her kids’ late grandmother is with Princess Charlotte’s name. Throughout Middleton’s pregnancy, the public speculated about whether the royal couple would have a girl and if so, whether they would name her after Princess Diana.
Following Charlotte’s birth, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they gave their daughter the name Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Where they baptized their children
Middleton also paid tribute to her children’s grandmother with the venue she and William chose to have them baptized in. Instead of having Prince George baptized in Buckingham Palace, like his father and grandfather were, George’s christening occurred in the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace. That is the same place where Diana’s body was placed prior to her funeral mass at Westminster Abbey.
As for his younger sister, Charlotte, her royal parents held her baby at St. Mary Magdalene Church, the very location where Diana’s baptism took place as a baby.
With the choice of Prince George’s school
One thing about Diana that set her apart from other royals: She broke royal tradition for more practical choices whenever she felt necessary. When it came time for Prince William to attend nursery school, his mother sent him to a Montessori school away from the palace, unlike the princes before him.
When it was Prince George’s turn to go to preschool, Middleton acted just as Princess Diana did and chose to send the little prince to a Montessori school outside palace walls.
With her fashion
It’s no secret that Middleton’s fashion sense always hits the mark. That makes it similar to Diana’s style, which also received rave reviews over the years. The duchess has worn many designs reminiscent of the late princess’, like the above-the-knee blue dress Middleton wore to the Sunken Garden in 2017. The ensemble looked pretty close to a dress Diana wore for her wedding rehearsal in 1981.
Not only that, but William’s wife also donned the same tiara in 2016, previously worn by the Princess of Wales to an event in 1989.
With the princes on anniversary of Diana’s death
Finally, Middleton paid homage to Princess Diana by joining her husband and his brother, Prince Harry. They traveled to Kensington Palace on the eve of the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death.
The trio toured the grounds and met with representatives from the charities that were nearest and dearest to Diana’s heart.
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