Fashion may have changed drastically since the early 1980s, but Kate Middleton's maternity style was publicly scrutinised just as much as Princess Diana's was during her pregnancies. There’s plenty that the Duchess, who is due to give birth to her first child this month, could have learnt from the mother of her husband, William, about dressing a bump - but instead, she opted to do it her own way by staying true to her signature style.
While Diana favoured billowing, floaty tents dresses, Kate proudly showcased her bump in form-fitting frocks and floral prints. Take the navy and maroon shift from Erdem’s Resort 2013 collection, for example, that made a bold statement. Ever thrifty, Kate also turned to the highstreet for her maternity wardrobe, rifling through Topshop’s rails and sporting a black and white polka-dot frock at the inauguration of Warner Bros Studios in Hertfordshire. And never once did she ditch her trusty heels for a pair of comfy flats.
As for the late Princess of Wales, who would have turned 52-years-old on July 1st, she did her best to hide her royal bump in oversized coats and loose-fitting cardies as well as floor-sweeping dresses made from an abundance of top-notch material that threatened to swamp her tiny frame. She didn't shy away from colour, however, and looked as pretty as a picture in pink, green and blue beauties.
Take a walk down memory lane with a look back at Diana's maternity style in the gallery above and relive K-Middy's pregnancy hits here.